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Long-Term Use of Prescription Painkillers Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

Kaiser Permanente Study First to Use Electronic Health Records to Document Link Between Prescription Opioid Use and ED Prescriptions


May 15, 2013 – Regularly taking prescription painkillers, also known as opioids, is associated with a higher risk of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men, according to a study published online today in the journal Spine.


For-Profit Hospitals Skimp on Charity Care

Overall, spending on care for the poor dropped statewide while enrollment climbed in the Oregon Health Plan


April 26, 2013 – Oregon's two for-profit hospitals are among the stingiest hospitals in the state when it comes to providing care for the poor.

Periodontal Hygienists, Kaiser Likely to Face Arbitration Over Union Contract

Kaiser is planning to eliminate the classification of periodontal hygienist from its next union contract, instead sending periodontal patients to the general hygienist pool



April 26, 2013 – Jackie Farlinger-King has worked for Kaiser Permanente as a periodontal hygienist – treating only patients with gum disease – since the mid-1980s, and has been a hygienist with Kaiser for 32 years.

Senate Health Committee Approves Treatment for Autistic Children

Private insurers and public health plans will be required to cover applied behavior analysis after a deal is reached between autism advocates, insurers and Sen. Alan Bates, a Medford physician.


April 19, 2013 — A landmark bill regarding autism passed the Senate Health Committee unanimously Thursday, paving the way for insurance coverage of a specialized treatment that supporters say will help severely handicapped autistic children live more functional lives.

Bates Offers Path for CCOs to Roll in Dental Networks

SB 373 requires CCOs to offer dental contracts to all dental care organizations from 2014 to 2017 before they contract with other dental care providers such as Kaiser Permanente.

This article has been corrected from an earlier version.

April 17, 2013 — Sen. Alan Bates, D-Medford, has pushed a last-minute bill that would require coordinated care organizations to first provide contracts to all the dental care organizations in its geographic area before hiring independent dentists.


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