Jan Johnson

Pharmacists on Primary Care Team Save Money, Lives

Pharmacists and insurers urge those managing pharmacy benefits to support Legislation making clinical pharmacists a part of interdisciplinary medical care teams.

Stacy Ramirez is a faculty member at Oregon State University, yet spends the majority of her time in clinical practice working with primary care homes in Benton and Linn Counties.

Facilities, Not Just Patients Report Adverse Events to Patient Safety Commission

Patients and their families report two-thirds of the adverse events in Oregon’s first-of-its-kind, statewide voluntary program to give healthcare providers and patients a chance to have a confidential conversation and can have a mediator present. Surprisingly, facilities are filing one-third of all the notices to the Patient Safety Commission.

“Transparency can be scary in these situations,” said Bethany Walmsley, executive director of the Oregon Patient Safety Commission. “But some providers recognize it’s the right thing to do for all involved. Providers, patients and families all benefit so improvement can happen.

Public Health Modernization Coming to Oregon

The Public Health Advisory Board dives into details to amendments to HB 3100, intended to modernize Oregon’s public health system – and ultimately seeks to bring Oregon, which currently ranks 46th out of 50 states in per capita funding of public health, closer to the national median.

It’s not just that Oregon funds public health – everything from restaurant inspections to epidemics – at a per capita rate of $13.37 versus the national median of $27.40.

Washington County Seeks to Reduce Suicide Rate from 65 per Year to Zero

FamilyCare Advisory Council hears about mental health efforts

FamilyCare’s advisory council met for the first time outside of Multnomah County at the wellness center of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, where members heard that Oregon has the ninth highest suicide rate in the nation – and learned about efforts by Washington County to reduce those rat

Researchers Outline Epigenetics, Possible End of Chronic Disease

Kent L. Thornburg, a pioneer in the field of epigenetics at the Knight Cardiovascular Institute at Oregon Health & Science University, told the Oregon Women’s Health Network at the kickoff of its 2015 lecture series “it is likely most chronic disease can disappear over time”

“We’ve come to believe chronic disease is inevitable. There’s a lot of evidence against that point of view,” Kent Thornburg told the Women’s Health Network. “We need to stop people from being vulnerable to disease.”

Can how much you drive and what lights up your home impact your health?

Emily York, climate and health program coordinator for the Oregon Health Authority, told participants at the Oregon Public Health Institute’s Community Conversation on Climate Change & Health that Oregon was one of only six states to receive initial funding from the Centers for Disease Control for climate change pilot programs.

Now -- as three years of work in Multnomah, Benton, Crook, Jackson and the North Central region that includes Sherman, Wasco and Gilliam counties transitions to the next phase – Emily York, climate and health program coordinator for the Oregon Health Authority,   said Oregon is starting to prepare a state-level plan based on what it learned in that mix of rural and urban areas

New Behavioral Health Center Poised to Open in Late 2016 in Portland

Portland’s suicide rate is three times the national average, with twice as many people committing suicide as homicides and traffic fatalities combined. For Oregon statewide, suicide is the second leading cause of death of people between the ages of 15 and 34.

Some 600,000 Oregonians are in need of mental health services, 145,000 Oregon adults have a mental health crisis and 32,000 youth suffer major depression. Forty percent of the Multnomah County jail population has a diagnosed mental illness, Dr.

Massive Expansion of Insured, Slow Growth of Workforce, Monopolies Create Cost Conundrum

Can we harmonize access, quality and the cost of healthcare? That’s the question panelists at Willamette University’s symposium on 21st Century Healthcare tried to answer – with data.

Peter Graven, health economist at OHSU’s Center for Health Systems Effectiveness, presented the latest report showing that, as of July, only 5.6 percent of Oregonians were still uninsured.  “Oregon had the largest increase in Medicaid driving a large decrease in the uninsured,” Graven said.

Cato Institute Pundit, Michael Cannon, Trades Barbs with Sean Kolmer

The provocative Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. brought his vision of how healthcare will look in 30 years to the 21st Century Healthcare symposium at Willamette University.

Thirty years from now, in the year 2045, a concierge will know your healthcare team, your medical condition and your values. Lower-skilled people aided with technology will get diagnoses right more often than doctors.

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