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Oregon Providers and Hospitals Received Federal Incentive Payments for 'Meaningful Use' to Implement Electronic Health Record Technology

More than $2.5 million lands in Oregon in 2011 for early-adopter physicians and hospitals as part of the federal health reform's Affordable Care Act

January 31, 2012 --- A sizable, growing stream of federal incentive payments have made their way into Oregon to help doctors and hospitals defray costs of installing and using electronic health records to track, manage and follow up with their patients.

Changes to Medicare Could Jeopardize Health Care Access for Vulnerable Latinos

January 26, 2012 -- With more discussion of budget cuts, lawmakers have begun floating policy proposals that would substantially reshape or cut back on health programs critical to vulnerable Latinos, such as Medicare and Medicaid.  According to a statistical brief released today by NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the Medicare program provides health coverage for not only Latino seniors, but also more than one million disabled and seriously ill Hispanic children and working-age adults. 

Willamette Dental Group Sees Transformational Changes with Electronic Dental Records, Improved Provider Access, and Corporate Rebrand

Several recent transformational changes at Willamette Dental Group take company forward in access technology, and patient care

January 12, 2012 -- Willamette Dental Group, the Pacific Northwest’s largest multispecialty group dental practice, has recently undergone several transformational changes to its corporate strategy and development. Their intent and commitment is to implement significant improvements to increase customer satisfaction and to deliver superior patient care.

Oregon Nursing Takes Action

November 23, 2011 -- On Friday, November 4, 2011, the Oregon Nursing Leadership Collaborative (ONLC) announced the formation of two workgroups dedicated to implementing changes recommended in the 2011 Institute of Medicine (IOM) “Future of Nursing” report. One group will focus on increasing the number of baccalaureate-educated nurses and the other will focus on preparing and enabling nurses to lead change. The groups will develop action plans that will affect the way nurses participate in health care transformation and provide care throughout Oregon.

Colorectal Screening Gets Under Way

Oregon Public Health pilot program shows that word of mouth is the best way to encourage people to get screened to help prevent colorectal cancer

November 21, 2011 -- Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division and its county health partners launched a new statewide campaign today to increase colorectal cancer screening among Oregonians over age 50 (over 45 for African Americans). Guided by a research finding that people are much more likely to get screened if they are encouraged by someone they know and trust, the campaign takes an innovative approach by empowering already screened men and women to serve as champions and to encourage people they know to get screened.


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