Oregon Health Authority and Governor’s office drafted a document to guide lawmakers, but some say it leaves crucial issues unaddressed
March 3, 2011--The Oregon Health Authority and leaders from Governor John Kitzhaber’s office have distilled a month’s worth of high-level conversations on healthcare transformation into a legislative concept intended to guide lawmakers taking on health reform.
Anti-tobacco advocates cite dangers of hookah smoking and its appeal to teens, but lounge owners say they provide a safe cultural experience
March 2, 2011 – Health advocates strongly support a bill that would shutter Oregon’s hookah lounges, citing their smoking-centric atmosphere and targeted marketing to youth.
Jack Friedman, CEO of Providence Health Plan, insists the waste must be driven out of the delivery system when speaking to insurance brokers
They claim Senate Bill 239 would jeopardize Oregon’s Type B rural hospitals
Rob Bovett urges the House Health Care Committee to pass legislation that would aggressively monitor use and abuse of oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone
February 24, 2011 -- Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in Oregon and nationwide, and Rob Bovett wants the legislature to help curb the epidemic.
Senate Bill 97 would require cultural competency education for Oregon’s healthcare providers
They claim that the state plan excludes them, and duplicates their work
February 23, 2011 – Legislation to create a health insurance exchange is proving to be polarizing, pitting insurance producers against state agencies and small business owners against each other.
What happened to a $2.8 million withhold account held by the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems in 2007?
February 17, 2011 -- A provider tax imposed on hospitals has helped keep the Oregon Health Plan afloat since July 2004.
Their dollars -- $386 million – have been matched with federal funds -- $852 million – representing $1.2 billion over the past six years.
Bethany Higgins says there’s no evidence that requiring hospitals to report errors leads to increased patient safety