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Breaking Barriers: The Altruistic Pursuits of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and Foundation

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The author of this article is a junior at Oregon Episcopal School in Portland who believes the programs and services offered at Virginia Garcia are making an incredible differences in the lives of the community

December 19, 2012 -- A six-year old girl is playing in her backyard, and cuts her foot on a thorn. She cries out for help, as blood slowly seeps from her fresh wound. Her parents rush to her side, caressing her, telling her everything is going to be alright. They notice the deep cut, and swiftly pick her up, taking her to the family minivan. 20 minutes later the family is in the doctor’s clinic.

OHSU Intends to Track Effectiveness of CCOs

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The work will be done by John McConnell, PhD, who now heads the Center for Health Systems Effectiveness

December 19, 2012 – The newly created Center for Health Systems Effectiveness at Oregon Health & Science University intends to measure the effectiveness of coordinated care organizations under the leadership of John McConnell, PhD, who made a presentation at OHSU’s board meeting last week.

Oregon Gives CCOs Financial Incentives for Quality Care

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A portion of the state’s increase in federal Medicaid funding will go to coordinated care organizations that show improvement in key areas

December 18, 2012 -- The Oregon Health Authority wants to give financial bonuses to the new coordinated care organizations if they can show good healthcare access as well as emphasize preventive practices such as mental health screening and good maternal healthcare.

The Lund Report Remains Strong with Your Support

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December 18, 2012 – I am extremely grateful to those of you who’ve made a financial contribution to The Lund Report during the past several weeks.

I run this news organization with a very lean budget and depend on the support of you – our readers – to remain sustainable and do not succumb to corporate interests.

Recently our board of directors set a fund-raising goal of $25,000, and we’re just $7,500 short of reaching that target.

Making Sense Out of Drug Prices

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When the author tried to find out why the cost of her blood pressure medication had gone up by 150%, she was left fumbling for an answer

OPINION – DECEMBER 18, 2012 -- I take a generic drug, a little yellow pill that’s been produced for decades, to control blood pressure. I started taking it long before the day I turned 65 that happened to coincide with the beginnings of the great recession that effectively reduced the value of our savings and our house.

Health Equity Alliance Brings Public Health to Forefront

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The organization intends to focus on tuition equity for immigrant students, prenatal healthcare and driver’s license restoration next legislative session

December 12, 2012 --At a kickoff event in Northeast Portland, the Oregon Health Equity Alliance announced its legislative priorities for the 2013 session: driver's license restoration, cultural competency for health professionals, data collection in the health sector, tuition equity for immigrant students and prenatal healthcare for all women.

Healthcare Workers, Public Health Officials Push for Paid Sick Days

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Workers not granted leave time to care for themselves or their children – and a lack of sick days causes high turnover in workplaces

December 13, 2012 -- Last week, Jennifer Bevacqua, a pediatric nurse practitioner at Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center, treated a boy who was a year and a half old and had what Bevacqua described as eye motion issues, which can indicate a brain tumor. After being informed that he’d need an emergency MRI, his grandmother – who was the boy's primary caregiver and had taken him to the hospital – called her boss to ask if she could stay with her grandson while he received the care he needed.

Medicaid Expansion Offers Richer Benefits to 200,000 Oregonians

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The public has 30 days to comment before the Oregon Heath Policy Board makes a decision


December 13, 2012 -- The 200,000 Oregonians expected to qualify for Medicaid coverage in 2014 will receive more robust benefits if the Oregon Health Policy Board approves a recommendation from the Medicaid Advisory Committee.

Now many low-income adults lack the dental, rehabilitative and optical care required by the Affordable Care Act, which expands Medicaid coverage to 133% of the poverty line. Those newcomers would receive care in the Oregon Health Plan Plus that’s already offered to children, pregnant women and people with certain disabilities.

Rhonda Busek Takes High-Level Position with Oregon Health Authority

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Busek, who’s been director of Medicaid programs for PacificSource Community Solutions, will become the deputy to Judy Mohr Peterson on Jan. 15


December 13, 2012 -- Rhonda Busek is joining the Oregon Health Authority on Jan. 15 as the deputy to Judy Mohr Peterson, director of Medical Assistance Programs.

“Rhonda will bring a unique set of skills and abilities to this position that will truly help us all move down the path of health system transformation,” according to an announcement by Mohr Peterson. “We’re very excited about having her join us.”

Single-payer activists screen film, discuss Canadian/American healthcare systems

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State groups hope to raise support for a single-payer bill this winter


December 13, 2012 -- Monday night, a small crowd gathered at the Clinton Street Theater for a film screening of The Healthcare Movie (, a documentary about the history of the Canadian healthcare system that was produced by a Canadian/American couple Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg to dispel myths and stereotypes about Canada's healthcare system – specifically, that Canadian citizens dislike their healthcare system and frequently travel to the United States for care.


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