Category Archives: Portland Business Journal

Oregon Health Authority stops Trillium from proceeding in Portland area

The Medicaid contractor wants more time to sign up hospitals while its lawsuit plays out. Trillium Community Health Plan still hasn’t managed to sign any contracts with Portland-area hospital systems, so the Oregon Health Authority is putting the brakes on the Medicaid contractor’s ability to go forward. OHA Chief Financial Officer David Baden informed Trillium […]
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Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services director steps down and Workers Comp director steps in

Cameron Smith resigned Wednesday as director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, the department announced. Gov. Kate Brown appointed Workers Compensation Division Administrator Lou Savage as acting director, DCBS announced. Source: Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services director steps down and Workers Comp director steps in – Portland Business Journal

Oregon opioid task force passes tapering guidelines

The guidelines are intended to help doctors know when and how to taper off patients on high doses of opioids. A statewide task force on Friday passed new guidelines to assist doctors with how to safely taper patients off of high doses of opioids. The nonbinding recommendations were developed by the 26-member Oregon Opioid Tapering […]
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Business Oregon director resigns, heads for private sector

Business Oregon Director Chris Harder is stepping down from the state’s top economic development post to take a job in the private sector. Source: Business Oregon director resigns, heads for private sector

Oregon Health Authority lowers hammer on Health Share for transportation problems

Medicaid enrollees have complained of late or canceled rides, and drivers have said they haven’t been paid by Health Share’s vendor. After Medicaid enrollees in the Portland area complained of problems with Health Share of Oregon’s nonemergency transportation program, the Oregon Health Authority issued a corrective action plan this week. The plan requires Health Share, […]
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Trillium making inroads in signing up providers for Medicaid patients

Despite major setbacks in signing up hospital systems, Trillium Community Health Plan is making progress in building out its provider network for Medicaid. Source: Trillium making inroads in signing up providers for Medicaid patients 

Oregon considering a switch back to state-based health insurance exchange

Oregon is one of six states considering switching to a state-based marketplace platform for health insurance, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Urban Institute. Source: Oregon considering a switch back to state-based health insurance exchange

Hass proposes changes to Oregon public records law

Oregon secretary of state candidate Sen. Mark Hass on Wednesday said improving access to public records would be his first policy priority if elected. Specifically, Hass said the Public Records Advisory Council, which recommends public record policy and includes government, public and media representatives, needs fewer government officials. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: Hass […]
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Oregon schools failing on suicide prevention

Survey shows high schools across the state use widely differing approaches to help students in need. Although suicide is a leading cause of death among American youth, a recent survey found that Oregon school districts are using only a patchwork curriculum to teach students about suicide prevention. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Oregon schools failing […]
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OHA sends all 15 CCO applicants contracts to sign

The Oregon Health Authority has sent coordinated care organization contracts to all 15 applicants, including Trillium Community Health Plan Inc., which has struggled to build a provider network in the Portland area.  OHA spokeswoman Allyson Hagen said the agency sent out 15 Medicaid coverage contracts at noon Friday. More details, including the contracts, will be […]
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