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Tort Reform Or Else

The Lund Report
Republicans say they need tort reform if the Governor wants transformation
April 21, 2011 -- Republicans on a joint committee charged with transforming the Oregon Health Plan made their first bold move Wednesday night saying without medical malpractice reform they can’t support one of Governor John Kitzhaber’s signature proposals this legislative session.

Legislators Face Timeline Crunch for OHP Transformation

The Lund Report
Within the next five weeks a newly appointed committee needs to come up with legislation creating coordinated care organizations

April 7, 2011 -- Gov. John Kitzhaber told a group of lawmakers yesterday charged with making the most sweeping changes to the Oregon Health Plan since its inception that they can make a profound impact not only on the Oregon healthcare delivery system but at the national level as well.

Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners Seek Stronger Role

The Lund Report
ZoomCare is behind legislation giving them the authority to dispense medication

April 7, 2011 -- Legislation giving physician assistants and nurse practitioners the ability to dispense medication could be on the road to victory despite opposition from chain drug stores and concerns from Sen. Alan Bates (D-Medford).

Public Option Could Mean Buy-In to OHP

The Lund Report
Sen. Alan Bates plans to introduce an amendment to health exchange legislation
April 7, 2011 -- A public health plan option might still be alive in Oregon after its chances appeared to have died during this year’s legislative session.

Hospital Provider Tax Could Temper OHP Cuts

The Lund Report
Talks begin with hospitals to increase tax to draw down more federal dollars
April 7, 2011 -- Discussions are expected to begin next week on a plan to increase the hospital provider tax as a way to reduce the proposed 19 percent reimbursement cuts to the Oregon Health Plan.


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