Comprehensive Health Reform Bill Nears Passage
May 28, 2009 -- A comprehensive health reform package winding its way through Oregon’s Legislature promises to reduce costs while improving quality.
“We’re going to end up with a world class healthcare system in Oregon that’s focused on prevention and primary care,” Eileen Brady, owner of New Seasons, told legislators on May 28. As a result, medical professionals will be proud to work in Oregon, said Brady, who co-chaired the Oregon Health Fund Board, which recommended House Bill 2009.
- Consolidate the purchasing power of governmental agencies to get better rates and focus on evidence-based care. City, county and state employees, public school teachers and Medicaid recipients would comprise the pool and represent 1 million lives.
- Make certain that Oregon has an well trained work force that supports delivery system reforms.
- Create an all-payer all-claims data base to compare costs and quality in order to achieve transparency.
- Encourage people to have a primary care physician who can deal with asthma, obesity and diabetes and provide incentives to physicians.
- Move toward electronic health records by capturing federal stimulus dollars.
- Make investments in the health care work force to meet the growing demand.
- Develop a premium-assistance program for moderate income Oregonians.
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