Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2011’

What’s behind the jump in healthcare costs?

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Two articles appeared recently that shed light on the dramatic rise in healthcare costs. One story, Some doctors blame themselves for rising healthcare costs by Karen Kaplan of the Los Angeles Times, discusses a survey of primary care docs: We all know that Americans spend too much money on healthcare – more than twice as much per patient as people in other …

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Call for nominations: Health Evidence Review Commission

Another opportunity to serve from the Oregon Health Authority: Governor Kitzhaber is seeking nominations and suggestions for members to the Health Evidence Review Commission, people who are committed to creating a high-value health care delivery system in Oregon. Nominations are due Sept. 30, 2011. Created during the 2011 legislative session, the Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) will replace the Health …

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Community meetings on new vision for Oregon Health Plan start Sept. 26

This is just in from the Oregon Health Authority: Please join the Oregon Health Authority for a community meeting about coming changes to the Oregon Health Plan. Under bipartisan legislation passed earlier this year, state lawmakers set a vision for local Coordinated Care Organizations with a goal of better health, better care and lower costs. This vision was driven by …

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Oregon Senate Confirms Governor’s Nominees to the Insurance Exchange Board

The board’s first tasks will be to determine its governing structure and develop a business plan Writing for The Lund Report, Amanda Waldroupe reports: The Senate unanimously confirmed the nine people Governor John Kitzhaber recommended to be on Oregon’s Insurance Exchange Board this afternoon. The nine members of the board are: Liz Baxter, executive director of We Can Do Better …

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OHA Fall Community Meetings re: CCOs

The Oregon Health Authority will hold a series of community meetings about coming changes to how services are delivered to enrollees of the Oregon Health Plan using Coordinate Care Organizations (CCOs). According to the Oregon Health Authority: The Oregon Health Policy Board and Oregon Health Authority invite you to come learn more about CCOs and local innovations near you that …

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