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.
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.
January 26, 2012 -- Kaiser Permanente announced today the Kaiser Permanente HIV Challenge to help health care providers nationwide improve health equity for people living with HIV by increasing access to HIV care and improving health outcomes.
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.
January 12, 2012 -- Primary care practices can now charge patients a set fee that is paid regularly, such as monthly, in return for specific health care services. However, doctor offices using this approach must register with the state.
January 12, 2012 -- The state of Oregon is looking for health care providers to adopt a primary care model designed for better health and lower costs. Across the state, more than 80 clinics already have applied to be officially recognized by the state as “patient-centered primary care homes.”
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.
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.