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Central Oregon Launches Health Initiative

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This model doesn’t fall under the jurisdiction of the Insurance Division but provides basic coverage to the uninsured and low-income wage earners.
May 3, 2010 -- Enrollment began in Central Oregon on May 1 for the first of three experimental “community health initiatives” in the state.

Sunshine Coming for Hospital-acquired Infections

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Details are expected to show wide variation by hospital for infection rates resulting from surgeries and blood stream catheters
April 21, 2010 -- The Oregon Office of Health Policy and Research is getting ready to release the state’s first-ever public report on hospital-acquired infections next month. And preliminary data show room for improvement.

Oregon May Revive Public Option

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Thanks to an amendment by Sen. Ron Wyden to the health reform law, Oregon Sen. Alan Bates says he'll take up a state public option

Originally at MailTribune.com

April 1, 2010 -- A much debated public option that died amid the creation of a new national health care plan could be brought back to life in Oregon.

Oregon Sen. Alan Bates, D-Ashland, is spearheading an effort to create a state-run health care plan that would provide a public option, paving the way for universal coverage within three to four years.

State, National Lawmakers Scrutinize Hospital Costs

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State Rep. Mitch Greenlick calls for a global budget for Oregon hospitals, while U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley strengthens the IRS rules
March 25, 2010 -- Despite an influx of new dollars flowing into Medicare because of Congressman Peter DeFazio’s leadership, hospital costs are coming under the radar screen like never before at the state and national level.

Governor Wields Final Say on Psychologist Bill

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No matter what he decides, this issue will come back to haunt the 2011 Oregon Legislature next February
March 4, 2010 -- The battle lines have been drawn, and now it’s up to Gov. Kulongoski to determine whether psychologists should be able to prescribe psychotropic drugs.

Hope Grows To Ease Shortage

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Rep. Tina Kotek teamed up with a healthcare coalition to breathe life into a loan repayment program during the February special session.
March 3, 2010 – Score one for Rep. Tina Kotek (D-Portland) during the February special session. Kotek breathed new life back into a bill to draw more primary care physicians to Oregon by helping repay their student loans.

Psychologists Win Prescribing Rights

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Not surprisingly, closing one of the Oregon legislature’s most longstanding “scope-of-practice” issues still feels unresolved
February 25, 2010 -- Beginning in July of next year, licensed psychologists may gain the right to prescribe certain mental health drugs under a bill (Senate Bill 1046) that passed the Oregon House and Senate this week. Everything hinges on whether Gov.


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