Oregon Health Care Association

OHCA’s Director of Research Receives Fulbright Award

Walter Dawson, PhD, awarded grant for research-based comparison of U.S. and Canadian long term care systems

Walter Dawson, PhD, Director of Research and Analytics at the Oregon Health Care Association and part-time lecturer in Portland State University’sSchool of Community Health, Institute on Aging has been awarded a 2015-16 Fulbright Award to Canada.

New Study Shows Gap in Medicaid Reimbursement Funding

The Oregon Health Care Association is asking legislators for cost of living adjustments in the 2015-17 budget to meet the growing needs of low-income seniors.

Funding to care for Oregon’s seniors isn’t keeping up with the growing number of the aging population most in need, according to a study by Portland State University.

New Report Shows Investments Falling Short To Support Low-Income Oregon Seniors

Study by Portland State University shows needs of Oregon seniors has risen while Medicaid reimbursement rates decreased in community-based care settings

The number of Oregon seniors who depend on Medicaid has risen considerably since 2008, but the Legislature’s funding of reimbursement rates for services has declined in the same time period, according to a new report by Portland State University’s Institute on Aging.

Healthcare Groups Put $1.6 Million on Board for Campaigns Since Fall

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The spending by doctors groups, nurses, hospitals, dentists and insurers helps underwrite legislators’ campaigns, as political action committees seek to influence legislation and the state budget in Oregon. Groups that gave less have had considerably less clout in Salem.

Oregon’s leading healthcare organizations spent liberally during the election season and its aftermath, with just 12 groups topping $1.6 million in spending since Sept. 1.

Private Homecare Agencies Worry About Competition from State

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Some businesses that offer in-home care services have grave concerns about their ability to compete with the state’s home care workers, which nearly derailed SB 1542. But the leader of the Oregon Health Care Association believes that the state won’t be able to compete with his agencies’ cheaper, more comprehensive services.

A new law that will expand the state home care Medicaid registry onto the open market has some private agencies who offer this kind of care worried that the state is butting in on their business.

Other observers maintain that the public option will have little or no effect on their ability to provide quality care to seniors.

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