City Club of Eugene: Governing for Racial and Cultural Equity in Health Services

City Club of Eugene Friday, January 15, 2016 from 12:05 to 1:20 pm Downtown Athletic Club, 3rd Floor Ballroom Governing for Racial and Cultural Equity in Health Services Guest Speakers: Ben Duncan, Multnomah County Office of Diversity and Equity; Desirée Williams-Rajee, Equity Specialist, City of Portland; Dr. Patrick Luedtke, Senior Public Health Officer, Lane County Program Coordinator: Lisa Arkin Local …

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Growing OpenNotes in Oregon and beyond

We Can Do Better is excited to announce we received grant support from the Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Health IT to further spread the work of the Northwest OpenNotes Consortium in Oregon with the goal of more engaged, healthier Oregonians. This funding is provided through Oregon’s State Innovation (SIM) grant. The SIM grant supports projects that advance health system …

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How High Is America’s Health Care Cost Burden?

Findings from the Commonwealth Fund Health Care Affordability Tracking Survey, July–August 2015 One-quarter of privately insured working-age adults have high health care cost burdens relative to their incomes in 2015, according to the Commonwealth Fund Health Care Affordability Index, a comprehensive measure of consumer health care costs. This figure, which is based on a nationally representative sample of people with …

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5 things you need to do when buying health insurance

In June the state approved significant hikes for the more than 240,000 Oregonians who buy their own policies and are not on Medicare. Open enrollment for people buying their own polices started Nov. 1. Consumers have until the end of December to get a new 2016 plan in place for January — or until Dec. 15 if they plan to …

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High U.S. Health Spending Likely a Result of More Technology, Higher Prices, New Analysis Finds

Despite spending far more on health care than other high-income countries in 2013, Americans had comparatively poor health outcomes, including shorter life expectancy and higher rates of chronic conditions, according to a new Commonwealth Fund analysis. Coauthors David Squires and Chloe Anderson found that higher spending appeared to be largely driven by greater use of medical technology and higher health …

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