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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
December 13, 2012 -- Monday night, a small crowd gathered at the Clinton Street Theater for a film screening of The Healthcare Movie (http://www.healthcaremovie.net/), 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.