Jan Johnson

Portland CCO focuses on foster kids

Health Share, which serves 3,500 foster children on Medicaid, seeks to identify best approaches to meeting this population’s needs

Portland-based coordinated care organization Health Share of Oregon is targeting what Bobby Martin calls an “extremely vulnerable, distinctly disadvantaged population” – foster children.

FamilyCare Expects to Announce Grants by Year’s End

The coordinated care organization has set aside grant dollars to assist youth-focused organizations to engage in their health.

Before the year ends, FamilyCare intends to make grants to organizations serving young people between the ages of 19 and 25, as it “transitions from a benefits company to a health company,” said Bill Murray, chief operating officer, told its Community Advisory Council yesterday.

Oregon Praised for Transforming Healthcare System

Capitol Dental opens a pilot project in Sweet Home to avoid emergency room visits for dental problems.

National health reform leaders praised Oregon for its pioneering efforts to experiment with coordinated care organizations, and the 16 Oregon CCOs shared what they’re learning about community health improvement plans, reimbursement reform, integrating dental and mental with physical health and ot

Portland Police Inundated with Mental Health Referrals

The police bureau has set up a special behavioral health unit, training officers on how to handle such calls and is working with mental health providers and CCOs to observe officers in action.

During a public forum Tuesday night to discuss the Portland Police Bureau’s Behavioral Health Unit, a member of the response team, told of two situations that day, representing the spectrum of behavioral health cases.

Health Share Considers Early Prevention for ‘High Utilizers’

Survey finds that 66 percent suffered abuse as children, while 50 percent struggled in school.

Medicaid covers the cost of 51 percent of all the babies born in Oregon, according to Dr. David Labby, chief medical officer of Health Share of Oregon. “If you want to move upstream, start at the beginning.”

Legislature May Consider Access to Abortion, Police Profiling, Closing ACA Gaps

The legislative kickoff, held earlier this week, brought together advocates and legislators to discuss proposals for the 2015 session.

The Oregon Health Equity Alliance will introduce six proposals in the 2015 session to improve health, according to its 33-member alliance, among them three priorities to provide healthcare to people left out of the Affordable Care Act.

‎Climate Change Driven Home by Oregon Environmental Council

The Cleveland Clinic is dealing with climate change by building resilient communities, and has also cut electricity use by 5 percent.

Cars and coal each account for a quarter of Oregon’s pollution with Oregon’s future headed for hotter summers and wetter winters due to the impact of climate change. That message was driven home at a climate change forum sponsored by the Oregon Environmental Council last week.

Capital Funding of Digital Health Reaches $4 Billion

Yet, Matthew Holt says implementation of electronic medical records is too slow, and consumers need to demand access at the OCHIN and Oregon Medical Association-sponsored symposium.

“As adults, we own a number of complex processes,” such as who we marry, our careers, whether and when to buy a house, have kids, and so on, said Dr. Peter Edelstein, chief medical officer and vice president for Elsevier, the world’s leading publisher of scientific and medical content.

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