November 29, 2012 -- A new set of draft recommendations would make HIV tests as routine as blood sugar screenings or cholesterol tests – at least in theory. Earlier this month, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released draft recommendations that HIV testing become routine for everyone between the ages of 15 and 65 – regardless of whether they are considered high risk for infection.
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November 28, 2012 -- Just as Oregon and other states are weighing whether to expand Medicaid, a step made optional by the Supreme Court’s June 2012 ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), findings from a new study detailing Medicaid expansion impacts on states may help inform their choices.
OPINION – November 28, 2012 -- I have been a general dentist for 36 years, graduating from Northwestern University Dental School in the fluoridated city of Chicago. I practiced in Chicago for 4 years before moving to Portland in 1980. I retired from my clinical practice at the end of 2008 and now devote my time volunteering my dental skills to low-income children and adults.
OPINION – November 26, 2012 -- If you had five minutes with the Governor to talk healthcare, what would you say? That’s the question we asked 17 healthcare, business, civic and legal executives from across four states: Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.
November 23, 2012 -- When you Google “public health and social justice,” the first thing that comes up is Portland Dr. Martin Donohoe’s expansive website.
Now Donohoe, 49, is turning his go-to resource into a book that also compiles the major advances in the public health field, but in a handy best-of format of a mere 656 pages for $85.
November 21, 2012 -- The Wilsonville-based Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care – started last year to support a new model for mental health research – has awarded a $100,000 grant to research whether the Finnish “open dialogue” model can be implemented in the United States, and is both offering and seeking funds for other related grant projects.
November 21, 2012 -- A potential conflict of interest exists between an organization set up to help people resolve their health insurance bills, known as CoPatient, and the non-profit parent corporation of an insurance company, Cambia Health Solutions which derives its income from the investment portfolio and surpluses of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and other Regence plans in Washington, Idaho and Utah.
That’s the concern of Jesse Ellis O’Brien, the healthcare advocate for OSPIRG, a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests.
November 21, 2012 -- The movement to create coordinated care organizations throughout Oregon is riddled with tension in Klamath County where its commissioners are embroiled in a dispute with Cascade Health Alliance over who should be responsible for mental health services.
November 21, 2012 -- President Norman Gruber made $877,502 in the hospital’s 2011 fiscal year, up 10 percent from the previous year. Chief Medical Offer William Holloway’s compensation climbed 11.4 percent, to $576,945. Neither man has fully recovered from pay cuts experienced in 2010, when salaries of the hospital’s top paid employees fell 15 percent.
November 20, 2012 -- Oregon’s new coordinated care organizations should make important public health goals such as reducing diabetes and obesity top priorities, but they must realize that culturally appropriate care is essential if their messages are to be heard, a top public health official told The Lund Report.