Joanne Scharer

State Employees Getting Healthier

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Behavioral Risk Factor survey shows a decline in obesity, smoking.

State employees who receive benefits through the Public Employees’ Benefit Board (PEBB) are getting healthier. They are making wiser food choices, losing weight, and quitting the smoking habit.

Kaiser Permanente Questions Appeals Process

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When Kaiser turned someone down for insurance coverage because of a medical condition, they were told the Insurance Division would conduct an independent review but that didn’t occur.

 

July 15, 2013 -- Denying health insurance coverage for medical reasons will soon be a thing of the past when the Affordable Care Act comes into full swing January 1. But there are still many unanswered questions about what’s going to happen until then.

Tackling Tobacco: What Some CCOs are Doing to Break the Habit

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The Lund Report spoke with several CCOs recently to find out how they’re planning to help their members stop smoking

February 26, 2013 -- The coordinated care organizations have been tasked with a daunting challenge – reducing the growth in Medicaid expenditures while also improving healthcare quality and access. Smoking ranks near the top of that list, absorbing $287 million a year in Medicaid costs, according to a recent report compiled by the Oregon Health Authority: Burden of Tobacco Among Medicaid Clients in Oregon.

“Ideal Clinic” Slated to Open in Salem

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Happy Doc Neighbors’ Clinic will offer patients a different healthcare experience

January 30, 2013 -- Hour-long appointments, pictures of patients and the things they love on the walls, super-hero and regal fabric exam gowns, the doctor gives you a gift if she’s ever late and pays you a fee if she misses an appointment, and as much laughter as possible. These are some of the things a new “ideal clinic” in Salem, Happy Doc Neighbors’ Clinic, intends to offer its patients.

Oregon Doesn't Make the Grade on Tobacco Prevention

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American Lung Association report shows that Oregon falls short when it comes to tobacco prevention and control funding

January 16, 2013 -- When it comes to tobacco control, Oregon falls short. In fact, according to the American Lung Association’s 2013 State of Tobacco Control Report while Oregon took steps forward to reduce tobacco use in some areas, the state earned a glaring F when it comes to tobacco prevention and control funding.

Mitch Greenlick Wants CCOs to get Share of Tobacco Settlement

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Next session, legislators, together with Governor Kitzhaber, will decide how the $120 million from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement should be spent

January 8, 2013 -- Governor Kitzhaber’s proposed healthcare budget taps $120 million from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement as a revenue source for the Oregon Health Plan, but doesn’t indicate how those dollars should be spent. Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) would like to convince the Oregon Health Authority, which will appropriate that revenue, to distribute 10 percent -- $12 million -- to the coordinated care organizations and earmarked for tobacco prevention and reduction.

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