Senate Bill 526 outlines a process that patients and physicians could use to get health insurers to cover medications. Insurers often balk at the price of these drugs and try to force the patient to first try a cheaper alternative.
Patient advocates and pharmaceutical companies are backing legislation that would give physicians an easier time prescribing medication and bypassing “step-therapy” protocols, which health insurers use to limit the dispensation and purchase of high-cost drugs.
The Oregon Psychological Association is trying to resolve the problem amicably
Psychologists find themselves at odds with insurance companies over reimbursement, and, for the first time, the Oregon Psychological Association is taking a pro-active stance.
“It’s getting more and more difficult to get reimbursed when people have serious mental health issues,” Shana Koslofsky, PhD, president of the Oregon Psychological Association, told The Lund Report.
Meanwhile employees at PeaceHealth Labs are receiving pink slips as Quest Diagnostics proceeds to take over.
Laboratory Corporation of America has announced plans to purchase Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories, a story that was first reported in The Lund Report. PAML broke the news to its employees this afternoon.
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Oregon Continues to Have One of Country’s Highest Rates of Childhood Dental Disease
Portland, Ore. — February 21, 2017 — February is the nationally recognized Children’s Dental Health Month, shining a spotlight on an issue of particular importance in Oregon – the state has one of the country’s highest rates of childhood dental disease.
GRESHAM, OREGON: Stuart J. Currie, MD has joined The Wallace Medical Concern (WMC or Wallace) as Chief Medical Officer. Dr.
Bend, Ore. – February 21, 2017 Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades (VIM) is pleased to welcome Pamela Tornay, MD as our new Medical Director. She will begin her new position on March 1.
State Health Access Data Assistance Center
The percentage of employers offering health insurance fell to 45.7 percent, driven largely by more small employers not offering health benefits.
New public awareness campaign launches for March, National Kidney Month
(Portland)—March 9, 2017—The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is encouraging all Americans to “Heart Your Kidneys” (#heartyourkidneys) today, on World Kidney Day and throughout the month of March, National Kidney Month.