Category Archives: Health Authority

Report Details Amounts Paid for Procedures at Oregon Hospitals

Data show variations in amounts paid for procedures. Reimbursement for the same procedures vary among hospitals operating in the same region and across the state, according to a new report from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). The report details the median amounts paid by commercial insurers for the most common inpatient and outpatient procedures that […]
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Warning issued for toxic blue-green algae in Odell Lake

State health authorities issued a warning Monday about toxic blue-green algae at Odell Lake, 75 miles southeast of Eugene off Highway 58 in the Cascade Range. “Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce in Odell Lake,” the Ore­gon Health Authority stated in a news release. “These toxin concentrations […]
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Blue-green algae advisory for Odell Lake

Toxins from blue-green algae have appeared in Odell Lake, the Oregon Health Authority announced Monday. The agency issued a health advisory for the lake, located about 35 miles southwest of La Pine in northern Klamath County, saying visitors should avoid participating in activities that could result in swallowing water, such as swimming, water-skiing, or paddleboarding. […]
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Project near complete on treatment plant

The city of Ontario’s project to improve its water treatment plant should be completed within the month, according to a city engineer. This has been an ongoing project since the Ontario City Council approved a $1.8 million total budget for the project on July 18, 2016. According to CH2M, the city of Ontario’s public works […]
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How Much Do Health Procedures Cost In Oregon? Depends Where You Live

The Oregon Health Authority just released its second review of hospital pricing and there are some big differences. During 2015, the cost of a typical child delivery at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City was $4,000. But that same delivery at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend was more than $11,000. Source: How Much […]
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Oregon’s new strategy to fight the opioid epidemic (Guest opinion)

He was a star high school athlete from Astoria who aspired to be a tugboat pilot. But Jordan Strickland started using prescription opioids, which ultimately ended his promising life in a fatal heroin overdose in July 2015. As she reflected on his tragic story, Jordan’s mother, Kerry Strickland, regretted the lack of information and support […]
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Health official recommends most expensive crypto treatment option

Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis has recommended the City Council approve the most expensive option for fighting a potentially deadly parasite in the Bull Run watershed — a filtration plant instead of one that kills cryptosporidium with ultraviolet light. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Health official recommends most expensive crypto treatment option

Mental breakdown: Battle rages on over Wilsonville psychiatric hospital

Oregon ranks dead last in the nation for its readiness to treat mental health. That’s according to a Mental Health America survey conducted last year that scored states based on the prevalence of mental illness among residents and the availability of treatment options. Source: Mental breakdown: Battle rages on over Wilsonville psychiatric hospital – Portland […]
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Youth marijuana use prevention effort expands statewide

The Oregon Health Authority announced Wednesday the immediate statewide expansion of a youth marijuana use prevention campaign to a statewide audience. Source: Youth marijuana use prevention effort expands statewide – KTVZ

Toxic algae blooms seem more intense this year, but state lacks money to study issue

Oregon public health officials say years of drought followed by heavy rains this spring created a “perfect storm” for harmful algae blooms to pop up on rivers, lakes and reservoirs across the state this summer. Source: Toxic algae blooms seem more intense this year, but state lacks money to study issue | OregonLive.com