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February 1, 2013 -- What: The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting on February 5 in Portland. The board will receive an update on federal health reform and hear updates on Oregon Health Authority legislative activity and on coordinated care organization Transformation Plans. The Health Care Workforce Committee will also present a set of recommendations. Public testimony will be heard during the meeting, beginning at 3:45 p.m.
When: Tuesday, February 5, 1 to 4 p.m.
January 22, 2013 -- When Bruce Feller decided to have his century-old home in Northeast Portland tested for radon in early 2012, he figured he was living with low, safe levels of the radioactive gas.
January 11, 2013 -- While the rate of Oregonians reporting flu-like symptoms is on the rise, heralding an early start to the 2012-2013 flu season, state health officials say this year’s flu activity level remains moderate across the state, and effective vaccine is available.
January 2, 2013 -- Growing up in southwest Portland – and later studying political science at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. – Tricia Tillman didn't realize public health was an occupation, much less the one where she’d end up.
“I kind of stumbled into public health,” Tillman said. “I didn't know it was a field at all.”
January 3, 2013 -- The Oregon Health Policy Board’s Non-Traditional Health Worker (NTHW) Steering Committee will meet January 7 in Salem and January 14 in Portland.
The meetings are open to the public and also will be accessible via webinar and teleconference. Public comments will be taken at the end of each meeting, and also can be submitted in writing.
December 13, 2012 -- Rhonda Busek is joining the Oregon Health Authority on Jan. 15 as the deputy to Judy Mohr Peterson, director of Medical Assistance Programs.
“Rhonda will bring a unique set of skills and abilities to this position that will truly help us all move down the path of health system transformation,” according to an announcement by Mohr Peterson. “We’re very excited about having her join us.”
December 5, 2012 -- A last-ditch effort is under way in Klamath County to mediate the dispute over mental health services for the nearly 13,000 people on the Oregon Health Plan.
State officials have intervened once again, sending in another mediator, while residents continue circulating petitions, asking the Oregon Health Authority to re-open the bidding process and allow a new coordinated care organization to emerge. But that won’t happen while the mediation process continues, according to Patty Wentz, spokesperson.
November 28, 2012 -- The first coordinated care organizations (CCO) started in Oregon on August 1, 2012 in several areas of the state. Now, about 90 percent of Oregon Health Plan members are served by a CCO.
The Oregon Health Policy Board is holding an extended public meeting in December focused on the new coordinated care organizations. Oregon Health Plan members, community stakeholders, and the general public are invited to attend or watch online.
November 29, 2012 -- Poor Oregonians will receive an extra $2.033 billion in healthcare from mid-2011 through mid-2013, according to the latest estimates of the impact of a state tax on hospitals. Yet even many within the industry still don’t understand the state’s so-called provider tax, according to Judy Mohr-Peterson, director of medical assistance programs with the Oregon Health Authority.