Lynne Terry

Oregon Backs Off Opioid Cutoff Plan For Chronic Pain Patients, Adding Non-drug Treatments

Guidelines discussed Wednesday would align recommendations for opioid prescribing for back pain and five other chronic pain conditions, adding new treatments like yoga, behavioral therapy and massage.

After an uproar from patients, an Oregon pain advisory committee has abandoned a proposal to taper chronic pain Medicaid patients off opioids altogether.

Oregon Aims to Eliminate Hepatitis C Infections

The state has the highest mortality rate in the country but a move by the Oregon Health Authority to expand expensive treatment could wipe out the virus, if medical modeling is correct.

The Oregon Health Authority is moving to expand treatment for hepatitis C to everyone on the Oregon Health Plan who’s infected.

Oregon Health Insurance Enrollment Down With 2 Weeks To Go

Enrollment for 2019, which runs through Dec. 15, is lagging by nearly 20 percent even though subsidies are available for a family of four earning up to $100,000 and individuals who make $48,000.

Oregonians who are not on Medicaid, Medicare or covered by their employer only have two more weeks to sign up for health insurance for next year.

State Ethics Officials Fine Former Chief of Benefit Board $20,000

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission fined James Raussen the maximum amount for numerous violations, including a night in Las Vegas, wine tasting, a Portland Trail Blazer playoff game and lavish meals.

Oregon ethics officials have fined the former director of a state agency in charge of insurance benefits for educators $20,000 for numerous violations.

Estate Sues Providence In Wrongful Death Of Man With Dementia Who Wandered Off

A lawsuit seeks at least $2 million in the death of a man admitted to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Southwest Portland who was found a day later, in Hillsboro, shaking and wet at a bus stop.

Providence Health & Services faces a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that a patient with dementia wandered out of the hospital and died after being found alone outside on a cold, rainy day.

Briefly: Avoid All Romaine Lettuce Over E. Coli Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an unusual alert on Tuesday, saying all romaine from any source should be tossed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an unusual alert on Tuesday, warning the public to avoid all romaine lettuce over an outbreak of E. coli.

Moda Will Take Its Case To U.S. Supreme Court

A federal appeals court rejected Moda's request on Tuesday to rehear its petition for millions in payments from the federal government over losses under the Affordable Care Act, but the case is not closed.

A federal court has rejected a request from Moda Health to consider its appeal in a case involving millions in federal funds that’s been bouncing around the courts for two years.

Oregon Supports Abortion Rights While Other States Endorse Restrictions

Oregon voters trounced an anti-abortion measure, unlike voters in Alabama and West Virginia or in Indiana, North Dakota and Missouri where anti-abortion Republican senators won seats held by Democrats.

Oregonians trounced a ballot measure that would have banned public funding of abortions, marking the fourth time that the state has endorsed abortion rights at the polls.

Briefly: OHSU Students Hold Free One-Day Clinic

The event will take place at Pioneer Courthouse Square between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Oregon Health & Science University students are holding a one-day free clinic for local residents who need basic medical, dental or vision exams.

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