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Philomath Citizens Vote to Resume Public Water Fluoridation

The Lund Report

March 13, 2012 -- The residents of Philomath voted in favor of water fluoridation this week, reversing a prior decision made last May from their city council to end fluoridation after over 30 years.  Their vote ensures that their community will once again have all the health benefits of fluoridated water. Dismissing un-scientific arguments against fluoride, this election recognizes over 60 years of research that supports the safety and effectiveness of fluoridation as the best public health solution for protecting every citizen’s dental health.

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Ranks Highest in Member Satisfaction among Health Plans in the Northwest Region

The Lund Report

March 13, 2012 -- Kaiser Foundation Health Plan ranks highest in member satisfaction with health plans in the Northwest region, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Member Health Plan Study released today.

Now in its sixth year, the study measures member satisfaction among 141 health plans in 17 regions throughout the U.S. by examining seven key factors: coverage and benefits; provider choice; information and communication; claims processing; statements; customer service; and approval processes.

Honoring Oregon’s Leaders in Patient Safety

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Oregon Patient Safety Commission and The Regence Foundation

March 7, 2012 -- When healthcare organizations are transparent about adverse events, they are helping to create an environment that prioritizes patient safety. “Adverse event” is a term used to describe unintended harm (or potential harm) to a patient as a result of medical care. One way that many of Oregon's health care providers are improving patient safety is by reporting adverse events to the Oregon Patient Safety Commission.

First National Urgent Care Franchise Expanding in Response to Demand in Portland

The Lund Report

March 5, 2012 – While debate over the nation’s health care system continues, a local ER physician from Good Samaritan and former Intel executive are teaming up to give Portland a new alternative in efficient, affordable patient care. Given the tremendous success at their Lake Oswego location, they are opening the Portland center and plan to expand to other surrounding areas soon.

CareOregon Health Plans Achieve NCQA Accreditation

The Lund Report

February 28, 2012 -- The National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded Commendable accreditation to CareOregon Health Plan and CareOregon Advantage Plus Medicare Advantage plan.

CareOregon is the largest Medicaid MCO in Oregon, managing care for nearly 160,000 Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members, about a quarter of the OHP membership. CareOregon Advantage Plus HMO-POS is a special needs plan, coordinating care for about 6,000 members who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

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