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.
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.
March 8, 2012 -- The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has funded a five-year, $21 million Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism grant to support a multi-site consortium led by an Oregon Health & Science University researcher.
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.
March 7, 2012 -- The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) is hosting a free talk with renowned activist, ecologist, and author, Sandra Steingraber. The event will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 5th at The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201.
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.
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.
February 24, 2012 -- The Coalition for a Healthy Oregon (COHO) praised the State Legislature for its overwhelming and bipartisan approval of landmark legislation that creates the blueprint for health care transformation in Oregon.