Category Archive for: ‘Learn’

Improving Medicare’s Ability to Serve Patients Needing Complex Care

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A long-recognized shortcoming of Medicare is its lack of coverage for home- and community-based services, which enable people with complex conditions to live independently. While Medicaid does cover this care, less than a third of Medicare beneficiaries with complex care needs qualify for Medicaid. Read about it here.  

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Oregon’s Farm to School and School Garden Programs Leading the Nation with New Funding for Every School

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In July of 2015, the Oregon legislature greatly expanded support for farm to school and school garden programs, with a $3.3 million dollar additional allocation through SB 5507 on the last day of the legislative session.  That funding, and the policy changes that went with it (SB 501) will mean that ALL school districts in Oregon will have access to …

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Earl Blumenauer Q&A on Medicare’s end-of-life discussions, Sarah Palin and ‘death panels’

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Portland Congressman Earl Blumenauer won a big victory this week when Medicare officials said they plan to reimburse doctors for talking with seniors about their wishes for end-of-life care. The Democratic lawmaker first brought this concept to Congress and was working without controversy to include the provisions in the new federal health care legislation six years ago — until former …

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Primary Care Providers Report Seeing More Newly Insured Patients

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Most primary care providers report seeing more Medicaid or newly insured patients, and continue to accept new patients, since the ACA’s major coverage provisions took effect, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund. The survey also finds little change in providers’ ability to deliver high-quality care. Read about it here.

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Medicare’s Value-Driven Future

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The Medicare program has an array of tools, many provided by the Affordable Care Act, for improving beneficiary care and keeping costs under control. Their purpose is to help Medicare greatly expand the proportion of its payments tied to quality or value. This issue brief is the first in our Medicare at 50 Years series to explore the key issues …

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