Category Archives: The Lund Report

Senate Approves Keny-Guyer’s Bills Closing Mental Health Gaps

The two bills require funding for a behavioral health assessment and direct hospital emergency rooms to give behavioral health patients and their supporters instructions on how to treat their condition and follow-up with outpatient treatment upon discharge. Source: Senate Approves Keny-Guyer’s Bills Closing Mental Health Gaps | The Lund Report

Governor Calls for Medicaid Accountability, But Brown’s Proposal Would Actually Stay the Course

Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton said the state does have approval of the federal government for its haphazard re-enrollment process, which should be finished by the end of summer. But new deadlines from the governor merely affirm the schedule Saxton has outlined. Source: Governor Calls for Medicaid Accountability, But Brown’s Proposal Would Actually Stay […]
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Greenlick Pushes Ballot Measure to Cap Campaign Spending of Public Players

House Joint Resolution 32 would send voters voters a measure limiting donations from publicly financed companies to political candidates to $500 per politician. The measure was put forward the same day that Rep. Nancy Nathanson, a leading recipient of campaign money from Medicaid providers, pulled Greenlick’s HB 2122 from the floor. Source: Greenlick Pushes Ballot […]
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Quick Look: Oregon Health Authority Policy Keeps Medicaid Members from CCOs

Only 15 percent of Oregon Health Plan income-based members have seamless coverage at renewal time. Rep. Cedric Hayden wants to pull enrollment from OHA and give it to DHS, and require that lapsed members be put immediately back into the CCO that was serving them. Source: Quick Look: Oregon Health Authority Policy Keeps Medicaid Members […]
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Legislature Approves New License for Art Therapists

After a lively debate, the Senate voted 23-7 on Monday to approve a bill that will license art therapists, which will sanction the integrity of art therapy and ward off unqualified practitioners from using the term. Source: Legislature Approves New License for Art Therapists | The Lund Report

Legislation to Boost Dental Clout on CCO Boards Hits Rough Waters in Senate

A bill passed the House unanimously in April to give dental care providers a seat on the governance boards of CCOs, to help improve Medicaid dental care. Source: Legislation to Boost Dental Clout on CCO Boards Hits Rough Waters in Senate | The Lund Report

Oregon Health Authority Disputes Auditor’s Allegations It Misused Medicaid Funds

An audit by the Oregon Secretary of State’s office found that health officials may not have adequately checked to see if people met Medicaid requirements before enrolling them in health plans. But the health authority says the audit missed key context, including a federal waiver governing Medicaid renewals Source: Oregon Health Authority Disputes Auditor’s Allegations […]
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Nearly 1 In 3 Recent FDA Drug Approvals Followed By Major Safety Actions

The Food and Drug Administration is under pressure from the Trump administration to approve drugs faster, but researchers at the Yale School of Medicine found that nearly a third of those approved from 2001 through 2010 had major safety issues years after they were widely available to patients. Source: Nearly 1 In 3 Recent FDA […]
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Rural Shoppers Face Slim Choices, Steep Premiums On Exchanges

People living in sparsely populated areas who shopped for coverage on the state health insurance marketplaces in 2017 frequently had just one or two insurers from which to pick and often faced significantly higher premiums than did people in more urban areas, according to a new study. Source: Rural Shoppers Face Slim Choices, Steep Premiums On […]
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Program Aims to Innovate to Improve Health, Lives of Portland Area’s Most Vulnerable

Social workers use “sleuthing” to help those with tough, complex conditions, but an effort in Congress to overhaul the Affordable Care Act could put this money-saving program at risk. When a worker at the Multnomah County Tri-County Service Coordination program met with a client recently, the client, Tina, was having a meltdown. Source: Program Aims […]
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