Jessica Floum

Collaboration Aims To Help Mentally Ill Caught In Criminal Justice System

A group of Oregon health officials, law enforcement and legislators discussed Wednesday how to provide supportive services for people with mental health issues to keep them from being locked up.

Oregon state officials held the first steering committee meeting Wednesday to improve how the state’s criminal justice and behavioral health systems treat people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Patients Could Face Tough Health Insurance Choices During Open Enrollment

Open enrollment starts Thursday, and health insurance agents are urging patients to check their policies and whether they qualify for health insurance discounts because costs and coverage could change.

With the window for people to buy their own health insurance openingThursday, insurance agents are urging patients to review their insurance plans for potential changes and opportunities for discounts.

Oregon Discourages Excessive Opioid Prescribing In Guidelines For Acute Pain

A state report on opioid prescribing guidelines for acute pain said prescriptions should be a last resort and limited in duration, to decrease chances of long-term use and addiction.

Oregon released guidelines Thursday that encourage providers to prescribe opioids for acute pain only when necessary and to limit the length of time that patients take the painkillers.

Oregon To Increase Medicaid Spending In 2019, Will Miss Spending Goals

Coordinated care organizations will receive an average of 4 percent more each month than in 2018, overshooting the 3.4 percent growth target.

The Oregon Health Authority will pay coordinated care organizations 4.2 percent more for Medicaid patients in 2019 than in 2018, missing its goal of keeping cost increases to 3.4 percent or less. 

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