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Nine Oregon Hospitals Work Together to Prevent Infections

The Lund Report
Hospitals share their accomplishments and strategies for improvement

July 5, 2012 -- Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are contracted during the course of receiving medical care and can be devastating or even deadly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1.7 million hospital patients―4.5 of every 100 admissions―become infected each year and that these infections cause or contribute to the deaths of nearly 100,000 people. Survivors may endure years of follow-up treatment, multiple surgeries, even permanent disability.

2012 Central Oregon Regional Health Assessment Now Available Online

The Lund Report

July 3, 2012 -- The Central Oregon Health Council is pleased to announce the release of the 2012 Central Oregon Regional Health Assessment.

This data includes health indicators related to population, socioeconomics, education, immunizations, morbidity and mortality. It is being utilized by regional behavioral and public health entities that want to become eligible for National Public Health Accreditation. The data will also be used by those entities to develop strategic plans and the Regional Health Improvement Plan.

State Will Use Federal Grant to Expand 211 Health Resource Referrals

The Lund Report

July 3, 2012 -- Oregon has received a nearly $128,000 federal grant to help the referral service 211info expand its counseling to people seeking health care resources. 211info is a nonprofit organization that provides guidance and information about Oregon health and social support services.

The Oregon Insurance Division received the consumer assistance grant as part of federal health care reform. It will use the funds to transfer its Oregon Health Connect program to 211info over the next several months.

COHO Members with Community Partners Committed to Making CCO Transformation a Success

The Lund Report
First CCOs to be State Certified Include COHO Members and Community Partners

July 2, 2012 -- Five of the eight Community Care Organizations (CCOs) to receive certification by the State of Oregon on Wednesday included members of the Coalition for a Healthy Oregon (COHO). The Oregon Health Authority’s initial list of certified CCOs identified those who can begin enrolling patients on August 1. OHA is expected to release three more ‘waves’ later this year. The first wave included the following CCOs
affiliated with COHO members:

Dr. Ralph Prows Named Chief Executive Officer of Oregon’s Health CO-OP

June 28, 2012—“The Supreme Court’s decision today is great news for Oregonians,” says Ralph Prows, MD, Oregon’s Health CO-OP’s newly named Chief Executive Officer. The ruling upheld the creation of state health exchanges and CO-OPs nationwide, along with the other key components of the Affordable Care Act.

Oregon Health Authority Certifies FamilyCare, Inc. as a Coordinated Care Organization, First in the Tri-County Area

June 28, 2012 -- The Oregon Health Authority has awarded FamilyCare Inc., full certification to contract with the state as a Coordinated Care Organization (CCO). The certification is effective August 1, 2012, making FamilyCare, Inc., the first CCO to operate in the tri-county area (Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas). The term of the certification is for five years, through December 31, 2017.

Oregon Health Authority on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

The Lund Report
Statement from Bruce Goldberg, M.D., Oregon Health Authority director

June 28, 2012 -- “The Supreme Court ruling today upholding the Affordable Care Act is very good news for the 600,000 Oregonians who do not have health care coverage.

“Because of the cost, health care had become out of reach for too many people. It has been particularly difficult for low-income Oregonians to get health care coverage. We have a limited number of openings for adults on the Oregon Health Plan and we draw names to fill them. It’s like a health care lottery.

Health Insurance Exchange Prepares to Serve Oregonians Next Year

The Lund Report

June 28, 2012 -- Starting in October 2013, Oregonians will be able to shop for health insurance in a new way. The Oregon Health Insurance Exchange will be a central marketplace where individual consumers and small employers can easily compare plans, enroll, and receive help paying for coverage.

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Affordable Care Act, which provides the start-up funding necessary for the Exchange to be ready for open enrollment and provides Oregonians with tax credits and other financial assistance to help pay for plans through the Exchange.

We're All in This Together to Help 440,000 Uninsured Oregonians

The Lund Report
Statement by OCPP policy analyst Janet Bauer on today's Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act

June 28, 2012 -- The Supreme Court decision is a victory for all Oregonians. Oregon can continue to move forward with confidence with its plans to reach 440,000 uninsured Oregonians mainly through the Oregon Health Plan and a new health insurance exchange for individuals and small businesses.

The Affordable Care Act is a promise to Americans and Oregonians that we're all in this together. After today's ruling, we remain together.



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