Tag Archives: Health Care/Medical Care

Moving Oregonians with mental illness out of locked facilities was the goal. But things didn’t go as planned.

A state effort to dramatically reduce the number of Oregonians with severe mental illness in locked facilities has been plagued by problems, including serious injuries to three vulnerable patients discharged to lower levels of care. Family members and advocates contend that the state and its private contractor have been too aggressive in denying individuals eligibility […]
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Too Few Doctors and Nurses for Veterans in Some Areas

State Library Ed. Note: Oregon has a 13% vacancy rate, just higher than the 12% U.S. rate. Vacancy rates at VA hospitals vary widely across the country. As the nation prepares to honor its veterans Nov. 12, many veterans in rural areas and some cities still face long wait times for health care because there […]
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Four years after scandal, VA gets praise for health care but falls short on access

Complaints over “prohibited personnel practices” remain high. Headlines about the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in recent months have not been kind: VA required thousands of ‘unwarranted reexaminations’ for vets getting disability benefits VA doctor shortage fueled by management issues, poor pay Painting in VA office, names of Army bases honor traitors VA tried to […]
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When Hospitals Merge to Save Money, Patients Often Pay More

The nation’s hospitals have been merging at a rapid pace for a decade, forming powerful organizations that influence nearly every health care decision consumers make. The hospitals have argued that consolidation benefits consumers with cheaper prices from coordinated services and other savings. But an analysis conducted for The New York Times shows the opposite to […]
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The Health 202: The dialysis industry spent more than $100 million to beat a California ballot measure

Labor vows to resurrect the measure in 2020 even though it was massively outspent. More than $111 million was spent by the dialysis industry to bat down a single ballot measure in California during last week’s midterm elections, an effort that rivals some of the most expensive ballot measure campaigns in the state’s history. It was […]
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Medicare expands access to in-home support for seniors

Medicare is experimenting with a new direction in health care. Starting next year, seniors in many states will be able to get additional services such as help with chores and respite for caregivers through private Medicare Advantage insurance plans. There’s a growing recognition that such practical help can have a meaningful impact on patients’ well-being […]
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‘Without I-CAN, I would be lost’

Jimmie Kelley has been in and out of the hospital with heart attacks, and at one point, he said, he flatlined, died and went to heaven. “Most important thing when I came back that I learned was love and forgiveness,” said the Medford resident. He also wanted to stop the cycle of unhealthiness that led […]
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Caring for vets should be national duty

In advance of this year’s Veterans Day, on Nov. 11, the legions of men and women who have served in our nation’s military received some welcoming news: Congress finally agreed to fund the VA Mission Act, which since its June passage had been mired in budgetary disputes. Announced on Sept. 11 — an appropriate date […]
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California voters reject ballot measure to cap dialysis company profits

Proposition 8, which would have imposed a cap on the profits earned by large dialysis companies such as DaVita, was defeated by voters on Tuesday. Sponsored by the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers, the measure would have shrunk the profits of hundreds of dialysis clinics across California, requiring clinics to provide rebates to insurers […]
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A first for Obamacare open enrollment — some stability for patients

After years of regulatory uncertainty which led to double-digit price hikes on exchange plans, health insurers are starting to turn a profit on the ACA exchanges. There are more carriers getting back into the market and offering new plan options. Nancy Sobin knows her way around paperwork. She started her own business three years ago, […]
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