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Barney Speight Isn't Kidding When He Says He's Retiring

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Before leaving state government, however, Speight had some words of wisdom about the future of coordinated care organizations.

 

May 10, 2013 – This time around Barney Speight insists it's for real. On July 1, he's stepping down as special assistant to the director of the Oregon Health Authority, Dr. Bruce Goldberg, and intends to retire – for good.

House May Roll Back Bill Expanding Drug Monitoring Program

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Rep. Mitch Greenlick opposes allowing the Board of Pharmacy to add drugs to the tracking system that are not controlled by the DEA, aligning his concerns with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Editor's Note: This article has been amended for accuracy.

May 9, 2013 — Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, has moved to scale back a measure that would enhance the Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, citing concerns raised by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Youth Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers Push for Higher Reimbursement Rates

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Current state reimbursement rate is about half the actual cost of providing services

May 2, 2013 – In the 28 years that De Paul Treatment Services has provided youth alcohol and drug treatment services, it's only seen a minor increase in reimbursement rates from the state. Now its future, along with the future of other youth treatment facilities around the state, is uncertain, according to Sheila North, executive director.

‘Churn Bill’ Looks to Help People Switching from Medicaid to Cover Oregon

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Starting in 2016, 60,000 Oregonians may find themselves moving between the Oregon Health Plan and Cover Oregon, and potentially losing access to their doctors or coverage of ongoing procedures. HB 2132 requires the OHA and Cover Oregon to take steps to alleviate this problem.

 

April 24, 2013 — Next year, the Affordable Care Act will allow people whose income falls below 138 percent of the federal poverty level to receive coverage through the Oregon Health Plan.

Bates Offers Path for CCOs to Roll in Dental Networks

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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.

Dembrow Pitches Oregon Universal Healthcare Study

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Funding for the study to provide healthcare financing for all Oregonians would come from private sources, and the study would consider several options, including single-payer, a public option and hybrid model to provide care from cradle-to-grave. A Pennsylvania study found a state single-payer government health insurance system would cut healthcare costs 15 percent

April 12, 2013 — The Affordable Care Act will roll out next year, and Oregon has instituted its own pioneering healthcare delivery reforms through coordinated care organizati

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