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ZoomCare Creates ZoomCare Foundation, Introduces “ZoomCare Free Nights”

The Lund Report

May 7, 2012 -- ZoomCare believes that good health makes people happier and more productive. They live longer, enjoy life and contribute to their communities in immeasurable ways. ZoomCare provides great care at an affordable price, yet some people need a little extra help now and then. ZoomCare created the ZoomCare Foundation to fill that need.

Starting on May 10 and continuing on the 2nd Thursday of every month,

Virginia Garcia Receives Affordable Care Act Grant to Upgrade Clinic Space in McMinnville

The Lund Report

May 4, 2012 -- Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center is pleased to announce its receipt
of a $41May 4, 2012 -- Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center is pleased to announce its receipt
of a $419,764 federal grant to support the transformation of its McMinnville Clinic
into a state-of-the-art patient-centered medical home for more underserved residents
of Yamhill County. This award was made by the Department of Health and Human
Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) with funding through
the Affordable Care Act.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Obama Administration Announce Agreement to Improve Care for Oregonians on Medicaid

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Care coordination will improve health, achieve $11 billion in savings. Innovations mirror national reforms made possible by Affordable Care Act

May 3, 2012 --Governor Kitzhaber and the Obama Administration today announced an agreement in principle to coordinate care for Medicaid beneficiaries in Oregon, through a new model of care that will reduce the cost trend in Oregon’s Medicaid program by at least two percentage points within two years while improving health outcomes.

Adventist Health, Regence and Tuality Healthcare Announce Individual Health Care Partnership

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Select members in the Portland area transitioned to Adventist and Tuality Health Systems

April 23, 2012 -- Adventist Health, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and Tuality Healthcare have entered into a partnership to provide in-network care to select Individual members in the Portland metropolitan area.

Beginning October 1, 2012, select Regence Individual members will be transitioned from their current PPO network to one of two Oregon Select networks in a move designed to provide members continued quality care and monthly premium affordability.

Premera Tries to Gut Drug Benefits, Kreidler Says No

The Lund Report

May 1, 2012 -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has denied requests from Premera Blue Cross (Premera) to strip some of its health plans of vital prescription drug coverage.

Premera filed a request last week to remove all prescription drug coverage from its small employer plans. These are plans sold to employers with 1-50 employees. It also filed rates for adding several benefits to its individual plans but did not file the required
contract language.
 

Mountain View Hospital and St. Charles Announce Intention to Deepen Relationship

The Lund Report

May 1, 2012 -- The boards of directors for Mountain View Hospital District and St. Charles Health System are evaluating ways to deepen the relationship between the two organizations.

St. Charles has provided management services to Mountain View since 1998, which includes employing the CEO and CFO and providing leadership expertise to the board of directors. In addition, the two have an IT services agreement, a Home Health and Rehabilitation services agreement and a recent partnership that ensures general surgery

Culturally Tailored Program Helps Mexican-American Women Lose Weight

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Kaiser Permanente study pilots “De Por Vida” program

April 30, 2012 —Mexican-American women who participated in a culturally tailored weight management program lost weight, reduced their fat and sugar consumption and improved their eating habits according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. At the end of the year-long De Por Vida (“For Life”) program, the women had lost an average of nearly 16 pounds.

Portland’s Housecall Providers Selected as National Demonstration Site

The Lund Report

April 27, 2012 -- Housecall Providers Inc., a Portland, OR-based nonprofit, has been selected as a demonstration site for the national health care study Independence at Home (IAH).

Independence at Home was developed in response to a growing body of evidence that suggests that many patients with multiple health concerns—especially homebound and elderly patients—enjoy a higher quality of life and make fewer hospital and emergency room
visits when they receive medical care in their residence.

Kaiser Permanente Northwest Presents the Portland Free Premier of HBO’s Documentary 'The Weight of the Nation'

The Lund Report

April 27, 2012 -- WHAT: The obesity epidemic affects 97 million Americans and contributes to six of the 10 leading causes of death in this country. More than two-thirds of U.S. adults age 20 and over are overweight or obese, while one-third of the nation’s children and adolescents age two to 19 are overweight or obese. This epidemic has
become one of the most urgent health issues affecting our nation.

To address this rising concern, Kaiser Permanente will host a free screening of HBO’s four part series, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION, on May 7, 2012, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

myRegence.com Recognized for Transparency Innovation

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Independent research firm concludes, “Regence Cracks the Transparency Code”

April 25, 2012 -- If consumers could shop for health care like they shop for groceries, could they find more affordable care? If they could talk to one another and share reviews about a doctor or hospital, would they be able to connect with the provider that’s right for them? Regence believes in the power of information and Forrester Research, Inc. feels we’ve cracked “the transparency code.”

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