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Ten Game Changing Assumptions Shaping Health Reform

The author maintains that the Oregon Health Plan rationing experiment was a colossal hoax and channeled billions of new dollars to Oregon’s healthcare interest.

OPINION -- All problem-solving methodology is constrained by the assumptions influencing the process. Many are certainly arguable but if we were to agree to the following list, they would have profound impact on almost all aspects of our current and past reform efforts.

Oregon Poised to Become First State to Mandate 12-Month Birth Control Supply

HB 3343, promoted by Planned Parenthood, would cut down on the trips women need to take to the pharmacy and could reduce the risk of unplanned pregnancies by as much as 30 percent, according to one study. A separate effort could allow pharmacists to provide the medication with a prescription from behind the counter, similar to Sudafed.

A woman eligible for the Oregon Health Plan or the Oregon Contraceptive Care program can get a year’s supply of birth control pills at a single pharmacy visit.

Loan Repayment Program Benefits Urban Areas More than Rural

Because the program re-established in 2013 is so focused on serving the Medicaid program, new providers in urban areas that have clinics focused heavily on the Oregon Health Plan are much more likely to receive help than new rural providers. Less than one-third of the recipients are practicing in the state’s hinterlands.

A loan repayment program that was created as part of the federal Medicaid waiver setting up the coordinated care organizations has benefited urban Oregon much more than the rural parts of the state.

Senate Democrats Vote to Boost Injury Protection from Auto Insurance

Given a new supermajority by voters, Senate Democrats continue to check off legislation that passed the more liberal House in 2013 but died in the Senate. SB 411 brings Oregon more in line with other states and allows injured people to use money from both parties’ auto insurance policies in case of an accident, but it will likely raise premiums slightly.

The Oregon Senate passed a bill Tuesday aimed at giving people injured in car accidents a better guarantee that their medical treatment will be covered by auto insurance policies.

Kitzhaber Heralded as Healthcare Leader

As he left office, the governor was lauded by hospital executives, health insurance leaders, physicians and community activists for transforming Oregon’s healthcare system.

Governor John Kitzhaber is being remembered as a bipartisan leader who improved the lives of Oregonians by transforming the state’s healthcare delivery system. To compile this story, The Lund Report reached out to healthcare executives and community activists from across the state.

Union Pushes For Higher Hospital Support Staff Compensation

In new report, SEIU Local 49 argues that many hospital employees are under-paid, with 1,800 in Oregon receiving food stamps

Nearly one in six hospital workers in Oregon makes less than $16 an hour, and some 1,800 of these employees earn little enough to receive food stamps, according to a report issued Wednesday by SEIU Local 49, a union that represents more than 10,000 healthcare workers in Oregon and Southwest Washi

Policy Expert Berwick Praises Oregon’s Coordinated Care Reforms

The former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid was the keynote speaker at the annual CCO Summit in Portland, and the model is spreading to public employees, the private sector and other states.

Gov. John Kitzhaber received an assist Wednesday in his efforts to transform the healthcare delivery system from national health policy mogul Dr.

Projected Savings on Medical Care Bolsters Governor Kitzhaber's Budget

Meanwhile, overall state funding to the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services grows by double-digit leaps. Labor rule changes for homecare workers will make up about 10 percent of the growth in state funding of DHS.

A growing economy allowed Gov. John Kitzhaber to release a budget Monday that calls for big increases to state funding for both the Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority, whose budgets will grow by double-digit percentages.

OHSU Reports Sharp Drop in Uninsured Patients

By mid-April, OHSU had raised $296 million toward its Knight Cancer Challenge, according to President Joe Robertson.

Oregon Health & Science University reported operating income of $69.8 million through March, which is $21 million over target and 11 percent above last year's revenues, according to chief financial officer Lawrence Furnstahl's report to the board of directors recently.


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