Joanne Scharer

Benton and Linn Counties Partner for Seamless Coordination

Together with the Institute for Behavioral Health Integration, their goal is to help primary care providers integrate behavioral health into their practice.

Primary care providers have become the backbone of healthcare reform, and are challenged to do more than ever to reduce costs and improve outcomes. And it’s not just the obvious physical problems, but behavioral issues as well.

CCO Performance from the Consumers' Perspective

Housed within the Oregon Public Health Institute, the Consumer Confidence Project takes a look.

The Oregon Health Authority uses performance metrics and quality measures to evaluate the performance of Coordinated Care Organizations – and determine whether they are, in fact, improving care, improving health and lowering costs.

Helping Those in the Midst of the Battle

Non-profit raises funds to go directly to supporting cancer patients

Every 30 seconds in the U.S. someone is diagnosed with cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, that’s more than 1.2 million Americans each year whose lives are suddenly changed by an emotionally staggering and an expensive disease. Even with insurance, co-pays and co-insurance can be financially overwhelming, not to mention the potential income loss if someone needs to take time off work for treatment, or even loses their job.

Tri-Met Called into Question by Community Activists

OPAL has organized a Bus Riders Unite program to help low-income people who rely on public transportation system to reach doctor’s appointments and buy healthy food.
In a car dependent society, it’s easy to forget that not everyone can drive wherever they need to go. Even in Portland, a city lauded as a leader in public transportation, not having a car can be a challenge.

Molalla School Garden Outgrows Childhood Obesity

High school students are planting the seeds of healthy eating.

While most teenagers are texting friends, posting pictures to Instagram, or tethered to some other form of technology, a group of students at Molalla High School are busy gardening, supporting the community, and learning

Healthcare on Campus

Milwaukie High School helps students stay healthy.

It’s hard to ace, much less pass, an algebra test with a pesky cold. But for some students, accessing care for that cold isn’t as easy as telling someone they don’t feel well.

Navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace

Kathy Gadinas
Insurance agents play a vital role in helping individuals and businesses wind their way through this complex process, according to Kathy Gadinas, president of Columbia Benefit Solutions.

Insurance agents (also known as brokers, consultants, or producers) have an important role in the health insurance marketplace, and have become more important with enactment of the Affordable Care Act.

PEBB Approves ABA Therapy for Autistic Children

Its decision follows a ruling by the state’s insurance commissioner requiring all insurers to cover such treatment.

Applied behavior analysis therapy is now available to the children of state employees, following a unanimous decision by the Public Employees Benefit Board on Tuesday, which authorized the state to begin paying for treatment as of August 1.  


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