Steve Lindsley

New Federal Guidelines Mean More People Could Have Colonoscopy Screenings

Kaiser Permanente’s goal is to reach above the national average of 90 percent by encouraging its members to undergo such screenings

March 14, 2012 -- Those who go in for a colonoscopy may find they won’t take a hit to their pocketbook if the screening leads to another procedure such as removing a polyp.

Federal health reform laws implemented recently led to that change, Dr. Thomas Syltebo, the clinical quality representative for Kaiser Permanente, told the Oregon Educators Benefit Board recently.

Rep. Mitch Greenlick Willing to Consider Legislation Mandating Flu Vaccinations

At an informational session before the Legislature adjourned, Greenlick urged a healthcare work group to draft such legislation for the 2013 session

March 8, 2012 – It’s very likely that the 2013 Legislature will consider a bill mandating flu vaccinations for all healthcare workers in Oregon.

Dr. Mel Kohn, director of Oregon’s Public Health Division and the state’s health officer, shared those comments during an information session before the House Health Care Committee recently.

Oregon’s Health Insurers Remained Financially Viable in 2010

A new report released by the Department of Consumer and Business Services found that these insurers averaged a 3 percent profit that year

March 2, 2012 -- An Oregon House committee heard the annual report on health insurance in an informational session earlier this week.

The report, issued in January by the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) contains information about how Oregon's seven largest health insurers are doing financially.

Rep. Jim Thompson Focuses on Keeping Oregonians Healthier

At an informational hearing, he said that he wants more attention focused on weight loss programs

February 28, 2012 -- Looking at options for healthcare was the focus of an informational meeting of the Oregon House Health Care Committee recently to discuss a weight-loss program known as Take Shape for Life.

Committee Co-Chair Rep. Jim Thompson (R-Dallas) said the issue of weight loss should be a part of discussions about how to make Oregonians healthier.

House Unanimously Passes Legislation to Lessen Liability for HealthCare Professionals

Assuming the bill makes it through the Senate, it would provide immunity from civil liability for volunteers who provide services without compensation

February 22, 2012 -- A bill that would lessen the liability for healthcare professionals who provide services to people and places, such as homeless camps, passed the Oregon House unanimously yesterday.

Rep. Gene Whisnant, (R-Sunriver), who carried the bill to the floor, said, “House Bill 4027A provides immunity from civil liability persons, who are described in the bill, who are registered volunteers with non-profit organizations and provide services without compensation. It allows people to help our most needy.”

Legislation to License Pharmacy Benefit Managers Delayed Until 2013

Known as PBMs, they act as middle men to siphon money out of the system, according to Rep. Jim Thompson

February 16, 2012 -- A bill that would require pharmacy benefit managers in Oregon to obtain a license, and renew it every year with the State Board of Pharmacy, has been moved out of the 2012 legislative session.

House Bill 4122 will, instead, be the subject of a workgroup in the interim. That workgroup will be chaired by Rep. Jules Bailey (D-Portland) and Rep. Jim Thompson (R-Dallas), the co-chair of the House Health Care Committee.

In an interview with The Lund Report, Thompson explained how those managers, or PBMs, fit into the pharmacy stream.

Curry Health Network Reduces its Work Force

CEO Bill McMillan is confident the hospital can meet the community’s healthcare needs

January 23, 2012 -- Even as Curry County’s unemployment rate inches downward, the CEO of the Curry Health Network, Bill McMillan, announced a work force reduction in the network’s three operating facilities. He said the 23 positions eliminated could save the network big money in a bad economy.

“This should save over $1 million annually,” McMillan wrote on the network’s website. “We honor those who lost their jobs and hope and pray for their welfare.”

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