Jessica Floum

After More Than Year-Long Search, Medicaid Director Returns

Oregon has chosen a familiar face to lead the state's Medicaid program as it heads towards the next phase, with a focus on mental health, value-based payments that reward outcomes instead of performing procedures and social determinants of health like housing.

Oregon’s former Medicaid director Lori Coyner will return to the role on Jan. 28, filling the vacancy she left in 2017.

Oregon Legislators Detail Their Health Agenda for Upcoming Session

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A six-month legislative session kicks off in January, and policymakers plan to introduce robust health care legislation.

Audit: Oregon’s Program That Monitors Controlled Drugs Is Ineffective, Underused

An analysis by the Secretary of State’s Office found that a program that collects prescription information has loopholes that prevent it being used to stem the opioid epidemic.

The Oregon Health Authority adopted a prescription monitoring program in 2011 to help prevent the abuse of controlled substances like opioids and help ensure that prescription medicines are used safely. 

Yamhill Community Care Organization Breaks From CareOregon

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The Yamhill County Medicaid insurer will switch to another third party administrator in January in a move that the CEO says will save hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A multimillion-dollar administrative deal between two Oregon Medicaid insurers is ending.

State Plan To Implement Next Version Of Medicaid Unfinished, Unclear

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Oregon health officials are weighing various options for enrollment and rates.

The Oregon Health Authority is three months out from requesting applications to manage the next overhaul of Oregon’s Medicaid program, but key logistics remain unclear.

Health Officials, Advocates Urge Portland Mayor To Address Homeless Crisis

Oregon Health Forum attendees urged Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to immediately address public health crises such as hygiene, public defecation and exposure at a Thursday breakfast forum.

Community members, advocates and caregivers for the homeless urged Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to address the homeless population’s immediate need for hygiene services such as showers and porta potties in order to prevent a public health crisis.

Departing Oregon Health Policy Board Member 'Shocked' At Response To Health Equity

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Felisa Hagins says the state has failed to ensure that Oregon’s coordinated care organizations have the financial incentive next year to improve access to care for diverse populations.

A longtime member of the board that advises the state on health policy and reform questioned the state’s commitment to ensuring equitable health care to low-income Oregonians.

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