February 17, 2012 -- Next time you struggle to put down that extra slice of pizza or get off the couch you might not feel so guilty about your lack of motivation, but new research suggests you may want to consider the role the environment may have played in your eating habits.
The Lund Report
February 16, 2012— Health insurers in Oregon may no longer be able to lower the assessments they pay into the high risk pool.
Up until now, insurers have been offered a 10 percent reduction if they could show, on average, that they denied coverage less than 20 percent of the time over the previous three years.
February 16, 2012 -- A bill that would require pharmacy benefit managers in Oregon to obtain a license, and renew it every year with the State Board of Pharmacy, has been moved out of the 2012 legislative session.
House Bill 4122 will, instead, be the subject of a workgroup in the interim. That workgroup will be chaired by Rep. Jules Bailey (D-Portland) and Rep. Jim Thompson (R-Dallas), the co-chair of the House Health Care Committee.
In an interview with The Lund Report, Thompson explained how those managers, or PBMs, fit into the pharmacy stream.
February 15, 2012 -- Providence Health Plans is seeking a 5.4 percent average rate increase for small businesses, which would affect 2,645 employers who have 30,869 employees. If approved, the increase would take effect August 1.
The Oregon Insurance Division has scheduled a public hearing for 10 a.m., February 24 at the Public Services Building in Salem. To learn more details and submit a public comment, click here.
February 15, 2012 -- Governor John Kitzhaber has appointed Dr. Carla McKelvey to serve on the Oregon Health Policy Board.
“She brings a tremendous number of touch points to the work ahead, and I’m pleased she’s agreed to serve,” Dr. Bruce Goldberg, director of the Oregon Health Authority, told board members yesterday.
McKelvey, president of the Oregon Medical Association, is a pediatrician and the medical director of the North Bend Medical Center in Coos Bay. She replaces Dr. Charles Hofmann, an internist from Baker City, whose term ended.
February 14, 2012 -- Money talks – particularly in the million dollar race that Eileen Brady is waging to become the next mayor of Portland. Brady, who had raised $566,568 as of February 13, is well on her way to meeting that goal. By then, her competitors – Charlie Hales had raised $333,666 and Jefferson Smith, $220,113.
February 9, 2012—After hours of discussions and countless meetings between closed doors, legislators appear to have finished negotiating what might be the final version of Senate Bill 1580, which, if approved, would allow the Oregon Health Authority to begin soliciting proposals for coordinated care organizations (CCOs).
That bill passed out of the budget writing Ways and Means Human Services Subcommittee unanimously late yesterday evening, after legislators scrambled to finish negotiations while lobbyists laughed, joked, and kicked back in the hallways and a hearing room.
February 9, 2012— The managed care plans that are currently providing services to Oregon Health Plan members appear to have lost their bid to create what’s known as “fast track,” legislation, giving them the ability to turn into coordinated care organizations (CCOs) by July, without having to meet all the criteria, guidelines and the certification process developed by the Oregon Health Policy Board.
February 9, 2012 – The Columbia Public Health District and members of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners are awaiting a trial date to decide the fate of the district's assets, which include the public health building and the land in St. Helens where officials had hoped to build a hospital.
The public health district was formally dissolved after voters rejected its proposal to build that hospital.
February 9, 2012 -- Indigent women in Marion County are about to lose an invaluable resource following the closure of the Family Birth Center Clinic run by Salem Health, which has provided prenatal care to indigent women with high-risk pregnancies since 2005.