January 28, 2013 -- Abigail Lawrence doesn’t have health insurance, a side effect of her career in community theater. The 43-year-old seldom seeks any medical care as a result, and had trouble recalling a doctor’s visit in the past 10 years.
Christopher David Gray
January 16, 2013 -- The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has given final approval to a waiver that includes a list of 17 accountability measures for Oregon’s new coordinated care organizations, which are providing care to the state’s Medicaid population through the Oregon Health Plan.
CMS ordered a last-minute adjustment that requires the CCOs to monitor the follow-up care for children who receive drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
December 18, 2012 -- The Oregon Health Authority wants to give financial bonuses to the new coordinated care organizations if they can show good healthcare access as well as emphasize preventive practices such as mental health screening and good maternal healthcare.
December 13, 2012 -- The 200,000 Oregonians expected to qualify for Medicaid coverage in 2014 will receive more robust benefits if the Oregon Health Policy Board approves a recommendation from the Medicaid Advisory Committee.
Now many low-income adults lack the dental, rehabilitative and optical care required by the Affordable Care Act, which expands Medicaid coverage to 133% of the poverty line. Those newcomers would receive care in the Oregon Health Plan Plus that’s already offered to children, pregnant women and people with certain disabilities.
December 12, 2012 -- Dr. Ralph Eccles can tell his patients they should eat a better diet, quit smoking, exercise more and watch less TV.
But they might not listen to a high-minded physician, and could lack the tools to develop better habits. Instead, the diabetes specialist at Oregon Health & Science University-Cascades East said this is a job for community health workers, such as personal health navigators — who can help people reduce the need for costly, routine hospitalizations and add years to their lives.