Category Archives: Health Authority

FamilyCare Health, OHA hope for better relationship, subpoenas debated

Top officials from the Oregon Health Authority and FamilyCare Health testified Monday that they intend to build a better working relationship after years of legal disputes and the recent revelation of a communications strategy aimed at discrediting the nonprofit coordinated care organization. Source: FamilyCare Health, OHA hope for better relationship, subpoenas debated

Policy Board Urges Health Authority Staff to Move Faster on Prescription Drugs

After three presentations to the Oregon Health Policy Board, the state still has made little progress on efforts to collaborate, reduce spending. Members of the Oregon Health Policy Board expressed frustration this week with the slow pace of efforts to hold down public spending on prescription drugs. Source: Policy Board Urges Health Authority Staff to […]
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Oregon Lawmakers Take Up Health Authority Debacle Next Week

Oregon lawmakers are returning to the Capitol for a three-day flurry of meetings. It’s the first round of Legislative Days since the 2017 session adjourned July 7. One high-profile hearing will be Monday’s meeting of the Senate Interim Committee on General Government and Accountability. Source: Oregon Lawmakers Take Up Health Authority Debacle Next Week . News | OPB

Oregon Health Authority staff should testify (Guest opinion)

Earlier this summer, reports broke that the Oregon Health Authority, the state agency charged with administering the Oregon Health Plan, was caught attempting to target FamilyCare, one of Oregon’s 16 coordinated care organizations that provides health care services to low-income families. Source: Oregon Health Authority staff should testify (Guest opinion) | OregonLive.com

Board hears grim statistics, glimmers of hope about suicides

Clackamas County has trained nearly all health employees in mental health first aid, plans to screen clients at clinics for risk. Clackamas County commissioners heard some grim statistics, but also some hopeful notes, as they proclaimed National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Board hears grim statistics, glimmers of hope about suicides

Lottery prosperity vs. problem gambling

For 30 years, Wes Wood operated a successful construction business in Portland. Then, in the late 1990s, his father’s Parkinson’s disease progressed to a point where he needed constant care. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Lottery prosperity vs. problem gambling

Nearly Every Week, a Body is Found in a Portland River. This is Not Normal.

Content warning: This story contains discussions of suicide and violent death. The mystery points to this city’s love of the outdoors and its entrenched social ills. There was something in the water. Mike Johnson was with a friend in his 19-foot aluminum sled boat on the afternoon of June 12. They were on the Columbia […]
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Hospital Backers Sue Oregon Health Authority, Alleging State is Trying to Hide Public Records Behind Huge Fees

OHA initially said the request would cost $4,500, then allegedly demanded an additional $44,600 to begin providing documents. A would-be psychiatric hospital filed suit against the embattled Oregon Health Authority in Marion County Circuit Court Friday, alleging OHA is flouting the state’s public records law. Willamette Valley Behavioral Health wants to open a psychiatric hospital […]
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Oregon lifts algae health advisory for Lake Billy Chinook 

Just in time for the weekend, state health regulators have lifted a toxic algae health advisory for Lake Billy Chinook, the popular reservoir in Central Oregon. Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of blue-green algae and toxins they produce has fallen back to safe levels for both people and dogs. Source: Oregon lifts algae […]
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As I See It: Toward cleaner air for Oregon | Columnists

As I write, the sun and its light are orange; thankfully the sky is white, not brown or gray. Many fires are affecting our health. Even without a perceptible breeze, dinner time brings the sickening smell of tar until after bedtime, even though we live about 5 air miles from the paving mixing area for […]
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