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Regence Regains its Lead While Losing Individual Members

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At the same time, Regence is the only nonprofit insurer in Oregon not participating in coordinated care organizations, which provide services to people on Medicaid

January 2, 2013 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield took back its spot as Oregon’s top provider of health insurance, though its ongoing battle for market dominance remains a near-tie with previous leader Kaiser Permanente. Oregon’s health reform efforts played a major role pulling Kaiser down from the top position.

Ashland Community Hospital Expected to Merge with Asante

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Earlier, Dignity Health pulled out of the acquisition after the community raised concerns about emergency abortions and end-of-life care

January 2, 2013 -- Ashland Community Hospital and Asante – a southern Oregon-based healthcare company that owns hospitals in Medford and Grants Pass – are hammering out the details of a proposed merger, and expect to continue those talks into early next year, according to Roy Vinyard, Asante's president and CEO.

Mental Health, Long-Term Care Targeted for $30 Million in Innovative Ideas

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The money in Governor John Kitzhaber’s budget is intended to support the goals of healthcare transformation

January 2, 2013 – The money trail for healthcare transformation is nowhere close to the end. In fact, Governor John Kitzhaber has set aside $30 million in his budget for 2013-2015 to foster collaborations between mental health, long-term care providers and the coordinated care organizations.

Healthcare Workers Face Challenges with Obesity

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Mary Lou Hennrich, who runs the Oregon Health Policy Institute, is convinced that by changing company policies, employers can help their workers lose weight

January 2, 2012 -- It’s the little things that you don’t notice that make a difference when it comes to weight gain and company policies can do a lot to help employees lose weight, says Mary Lou Hennrich, the founding head of CareOregon who now runs the Oregon Public Health Institute.

New Public Health Center to Help CCOs

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Behind-the-scenes work is key to promoting public health, according to its director Dr. Tom Eversole

Dec. 19, 2012 -- The new Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) should be viewed as part of the “operating system” that keeps the machinery of public health running, its new director told The Lund Report.

Dr. Tom Eversole, a veterinarian-turned public health professional, heads the new organization, which is designed to support public health in six sectors, with a special emphasis on communicable diseases, including epidemiology, laboratory testing and immunization.

Daughter Fights Kaiser Permanente for Mother’s Care

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After her mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Elizabeth Schneider found herself in a quandary with Kaiser about her care

December 20, 2012 -- Pancreatic cancer is often a deadly diagnosis. Statistics indicate that 25 percent of people live less than a year.

So when a CT scan revealed a malignant mass in her mother’s pancreas last June, Elizabeth Schneider and her sister were determined to do everything possible to keep their mother alive. What ensued turned into a contentious battle over quality of care with Kaiser Permanente, her mother’s insurance plan.

Oregon’s Health Exchange Plows Ahead Despite Unknowns

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Cover Oregon, the state’s new health exchange created under the Affordable Care Act, faces plenty of uncertainties but presses full speed ahead to meet federal deadlines.

December 19, 2012 -- With the nod of approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid to run a health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon is plowing forward toward implementation. It’s scheduled to have a Web-based, one-stop marketplace up and

A Healthcare Odyssey Without Electronic Health Records

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The author, special counsel with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in Portland, discusses how EHRs can improve quality of care in a more cost-effective manner by sharing his experiences as a patient

OPINION – December 20, 2012 -- In a pre-health reform world without interoperable electronic health records (EHR), or a patient-centered provider collaborative model, my healthcare experiences over the last year or so are all too common.  As a biomedical informatician and healthcare attorney, I will set forth this experience in this article, and then offer some initial thoughts on how interoperable EHRs, and a patient-centered provider collaborative model can afford a greater quality of care, in a more cost-effective manner, with less angst and less time on the par

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