Oregon Office of Rural Health

OHA names state dental director after 9-month search

A big challenge facing Bruce Austin in the new position is to find ways to fit oral health into the larger healthcare transformation under way in the state.

The Oregon Health Authority has named Bruce W. Austin as its first statewide dental director after a nine-month search that struggled last summer to find candidates with adequate policy and public health experience.

OHA names state dental director after 9-month search

A big challenge facing Bruce Austin in the new position is to find ways to fit oral health into the larger healthcare transformation under way in the state.

The Oregon Health Authority has named Bruce W. Austin as its first statewide dental director after a nine-month search that struggled last summer to find candidates with adequate policy and public health experience.

The Doctor Will Not See You Now

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Access to care in rural areas remains a concern as high Medicaid enrollment increases the pressure on a limited pool of providers, leading to wait times of two months or more.

This time of year, a popular statistic to track is the number of people who have signed up for private health insurance through the state for 2015: 116,471 and climbing, slightly more than a year ago.

Hospitals, Along with Providence and Regence, Stop Bill Requiring Telemedicine Payments

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Portland clinic chain ZoomCare pushed a bill with the Telehealth Alliance of Oregon to require private insurance companies to pay for Skype diagnoses, but the hospital association succeeded in delaying the bill for another session. If the law were enacted, its members could end up with fewer emergency room visits, and a significant loss of revenue.

Update: This article was updated on Feb. 12 to reflect the legislative developments in SB 1560.

For-Profit Willamette Valley Hospital Tops Charges to OEBB at 411% of Medicare

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A Milliman actuarial report compared charges to the health plan for educators with Medicare. Tuality Healthcare and Providence Willamette Falls Hospital lead the Portland Metro Area while Legacy offered the lowest prices.

 

A 2013 report prepared for the state teachers’ union shows wild disparities in the amount hospitals are charging the Oregon Educators Benefit Board for services, compared to the federal health plan for the elderly, Medicare.

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