Category Archives: State of Reform

The health policy implications of Oregon’s elections

After record spending in what many had rated a “toss-up” horse race for Governor, Gov. Kate Brown cruised to a six-point victory over State Rep. Knute Buehler, a moderate Republican who ran a policy focused, disciplined campaign. By the numbers, the Metro Portland area – urban Multnomah County (Portland) and suburban Washington County – on […]
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Oregon Health Policy Board discuss HOWTO Grant Program

On November 6th, the Oregon Health Policy Board held their monthly meeting. David W. Robinson, Executive Vice Provost at Oregon Health & Science University, presented the Healthy Oregon Workforce Training Opportunity (HOWTO) grant program. Oregon has given $8 million in funding for the new HOWTO grant program with the goal to broaden health professional training in Oregon […]
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Governor Brown’s four strategies to end homelessness in Oregon

On Tuesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown released her comprehensive strategy on how to end child and veteran homelessness and how to make housing more affordable in Oregon. According to the policy agenda, Brown’s ultimate vision is to increase accessible housing that will enable families to flourish. Source: Governor Brown’s four strategies to end homelessness in […]
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Chronic pain patients at risk to lose opioids due to Oregon Medicaid proposal 

The Oregon Health Authority is considering a proposal for the state’s Medicaid program that will remove opioid painkillers from patients who experience chronic pain. The proposal would require these patients to ultimately eliminate their opioids over a 12-month period of time. Source: Chronic pain patients at risk to lose opioids due to Oregon Medicaid proposal […]
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Newly released Oregon State Health Assessment focuses on social determinants of health

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released its 2018 Oregon State Health Assessment (SHA) Tuesday. The 220 page assessment is produced every five years to report on the overall health of Oregon and will be used by the OHA to identify priorities and strategies for the 2020 – 2024 State Health Improvement Plan. Source: Newly released […]
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Oregon health gains affected by social, economic issues

Oregon has made gains on important measures to improve health in the state, including reducing rates of opioid-related deaths and HIV infections, a new report finds. But social factors such as housing affordability, food insecurity and educational outcomes are undermining improvements in health outcomes. Source: Oregon health gains affected by social, economic issues – State […]
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Who can explain the state of behavioral health in Oregon?

Behavioral health has been under scrutiny in Oregon in recent years for under-funding and mismanagement. In late 2010, the US Department of Justice began investigating Oregon’s mental health system and in 2014 its report found that the state needed to reform the system to better integrate treatment for people with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) and […]
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OHA Director Patrick Allen proposes agency reorganization – State of Reform

OHA Director Patrick Allen sent the following memo to all OHA employees on Monday announcing a proposed agency reorganization. The OHA Director will be using feedback from OHA staff and stakeholders before submitting a final draft to the Oregon Health Policy Board in June. If approved, the proposed reorganization will take effect July 1. Source: […]
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OHA amends 2018 CCO capitation rates – State of Reform

The Oregon Health Authority has amended and finalized 2018 capitation rates for coordinated care organizations (CCOs). These rates are the per-member-per-month amounts the state pays CCOs to coordinate health care for nearly 1 million Oregonians on the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid). The adjustment will result in an average net payment of $427.70 per month for […]
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Report: Ongoing isolation of state prison inmates for nearly 23 hours a day raises alarms

Today, Oregon’s leading statewide disability rights organization warned that the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) was falling short of meeting basic constitutional standards for inmates with serious mental health conditions. According to a new progress report from Disability Rights Oregon, more than three dozen men in the BHU spent an average of almost 23 hours per […]
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