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One-third of CCOs Managed to Reach Patient Access Benchmark in 2013

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The 15 CCOs also split $47 million that was distributed based on their quality scores and, overall, the total dollars represented 2 percent of their monthly payments.

Since 2012, the Oregon Health Authority has been working on the transition to a Coordinated Care Organization model, measuring performance along the way. Although 2013 was the first full year of operation, the data shows there’s still much to work ahead.

Corvallis Osteopath Struggles with Providence Billing

Patients of Dr. Sandra Sleszynski are being caught in the middle, and many don’t have the time, energy or money to appeal Providence’s denials.

Dr. Sandra Sleszynski is a well-respected osteopath working out of Crossroads Premiere Health Care in Corvallis.

New “Dental Therapists” Could Help Bridge Oral Healthcare Gap

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If allowed, this position would function like physician assistants in the medical world.

Communities across the country and here in the Pacific Northwest are working to improve access to dental care by creating a new dental profession: dental therapists.

Silverton Health Could Be Acquired by Providence

The hospital’s financial performance in 2012 was rocky, according to the latest 990 returns filed with the Oregon Department of Justice.

Following a national trend of independent hospitals selling to large corporate medical organizations, Silverton Health is considering an acquisition by Providence Health & Services.

PeaceHealth Provider in Florence Terminates Respected Physician

The at-will employee was likely released after sharing his strong views on healthcare policy with the local newspaper, among others.

On April 24, Dr. John Egar was released from his job at PeaceHealth’s Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence. Egar was fired without cause but was told that, unofficially, his outspoken opinions on access to and costs of healthcare were the reason.

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