Pharmacists on Track to Win Better Protection from PBM Abuses

House Bill 2388 will strengthen the existing regulation of pharmacy benefit managers by giving the Department of Consumer & Business Services the ability to investigate complaints and cancel a company’s registration if the PBM commits fraud or fails to pay civil penalties. Source: Pharmacists on Track to Win Better Protection from PBM Abuses | The […]
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Report Details CCO Progress as Oregon Health Authority Seeks to Improve Care, Limit Spending

Data analysis also shows discrepancies by race and gender, with black CCO members visiting the emergency department more often than members of other races, and women visiting more often than men Source: Report Details CCO Progress as Oregon Health Authority Seeks to Improve Care, Limit Spending | The Lund Report

Six-Year Extension of Rural Provider Tax Credit Clears Senate Health

The Joint Committee on Tax Credits will debate the scope and the length of the tax break’s extension, which is seen as critical to maintaining providers in rural areas, but criticized for offering an unneeded perk to wealthy physicians in affluent small towns. Source: Six-Year Extension of Rural Provider Tax Credit Clears Senate Health | […]
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Pill Disposal, Closing Pill Mills Eyed in Fight Against Opioid Epidemic

Bend lawmaker/doctor Rep. Knute Buehler tells an OHSU-PSU School of Public Health forum that opioid abuse is the “biggest man-made epidemic in history.” He plans to float anti-opioid measures that have no fiscal impact during this legislative session. Source: Pill Disposal, Closing Pill Mills Eyed in Fight Against Opioid Epidemic | The Lund Report

DEQ has Oregon in Dirty Hot Water

For more than a decade, Oregon DEQ has failed to come up with an up-to-date permitting system for major polluters Many of Oregon’s biggest polluters are allowed to pour wastes into the state’s rivers and streams using outdated permits. Source: DEQ has Oregon in Dirty Hot Water | eugeneweekly.com

Dollars for Docs: Database Shows Oregon Doctors Have Accepted $42.8 Million in Gifts, Payments from Industry

Pharmaceutical companies and drug manufacturers promote treatments, pay for travel, wine-and-dine physicians, and offer grants and speaker fees, with 9,652 medical professionals in Oregon receiving some form of gift or payment since mid-2013. **Please contact the State Library to access premium content from The Lund Report** Source: Dollars for Docs: Database Shows Oregon Doctors Have […]
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Military Department Backs Age 21 For Tobacco As Chance of Passage Slips

Representatives of the Oregon National Guard support changing the culture of the military and putting tobacco out of reach for younger guard members, but Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, canceled a committee vote on SB 754 on Thursday. Sen. Peter Courtney’s longstanding reliance on tobacco cash for political campaigns casts doubts on the Democrats’ commitment […]
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Oregon judges ask for more pay, bigger pensions

A contingent of Oregon’s roughly 200 state judges visited the state Capitol this week on what has become a familiar quest: more pay and, indirectly, bigger pensions. Since 2014, lawmakers have given elected state judges raises of between 17.4 percent and 18.6 percent, depending on the court they work in. Source: Oregon judges ask for […]
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He was born in Portland. An executive order sent him to a Japanese internment camp.

Soon after Pearl Harbor, government officials sent Henry Sakamoto to live behind barbed wire. He was 15. His crime? He is of Japanese descent. On the 75th anniversary, Sakamoto recalls life in the internment camp. Source: He was born in Portland. An executive order sent him to a Japanese internment camp. | OregonLive.com

Get Oregon back on cutting edge: Wi-Fi for all | Opinion

States are experimenting like never before. California is implementing cap-and-trade on pollutants. Colorado legalized recreational marijuana. Wisconsin denuded public unions. North Carolina is protecting public bathrooms. Texas has tried to require funerals for fetuses. Vermont wants to change restaurant Happy Meals. Oregon has been at the forefront of many innovations, including physician-assisted suicide, vote-by-mail and the […]
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