Tag Archives: Medicaid

Policy Board Wishlist: Recruit Providers; Improve Medicaid; Tackle Opioid Addiction

The jugglers on the Oregon Health Policy Board kept their balls in the air on Tuesday as they explored a raft of issues facing the state: expanding and supporting the healthcare workforce; making Medicaid more effective through the push for CCO 2.0; and understanding and addressing opioid addiction. They also tabled one major concern temporarily: […]
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Tue 8 AM | Oregon’s Medicaid Approach Helps Minorities

There is a race gap in many things in America, health care among them. Health outcomes are just generally better for people with white skin. Source: Tue 8 AM | Oregon’s Medicaid Approach Helps Minorities

Covering the bill: Sky Lakes paid $48M for unreimbursed patient costs in 2016 

New numbers from the state show that more than 70 percent of community benefit costs hospitals incur come from unreimbursed Medicare or Medicaid expenses. The same goes for Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, and it has been that way for a while. Source: Covering the bill: Sky Lakes paid $48M for unreimbursed patient […]
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Greenlick hopes new players will apply to become CCOs and transform the health system

The 16 coordinated care organizations that Oregon set up with $1.9 billion in federal grants in 2011 were going to transform Medicaid and stand as a model for the rest of the state’s delivery system. Source: Greenlick hopes new players will apply to become CCOs and transform the health system – Portland Business Journal

Why Are States So Strapped for Cash? There Are Two Big Reasons

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OHSU Researchers Find Some Costly, Recommended Cancer Treatments Lack Evidence

The scientists raise questions about the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on medical recommendations ultimately adopted by Medicare, Medicaid. Recommendations for costly new cancer drugs with potentially harmful side effects are often based on flimsy evidence, a new study says. Source: OHSU Researchers Find Some Costly, Recommended Cancer Treatments Lack Evidence | The Lund Report

Implementing States’ Medicaid Wishes Won’t Be Cheap

As the Trump administration lets states experiment with work requirements and other eligibility rules, the costs are adding up. Some policy experts worry they are “shifting spending from health care for needy families to administrative bureaucracy.” After years of having most of their health care requests denied by the Obama administration, conservative states seeking to […]
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Making the most of Oregon’s moment of health care stability: Guest opinion

What a difference a week made for health care in Oregon. In January, the state’s health care system faced big, unsettling questions. Would voters preserve Medicaid expansion? Would Congress ever renew coverage for 120,000 Oregon children? Today, we know the answers were ‘Yes.’ As a result, health care in Oregon is enjoying an unusual moment […]
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Oregon CCO reform bill narrowly passes in House, now heads to Senate

After years of stalemate, the Oregon House on Tuesday narrowly approved several reforms to the state’s 15 coordinated care organizations, which provide government-funded health care to low-income residents in Oregon’s Medicaid program. House Bill 4018 passed on a bipartisan 32-26 vote, with most Republicans and five Democrats voting “no.” Source: Oregon CCO reform bill narrowly […]
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How Dental Inequality Hurts Americans

Lack of dental care through Medicaid not only harms people’s health, but has negative economic implications as well. Even before any proposed cuts take effect, Medicaid is already lean in one key area: Many state programs lack coverage for dental care. That can be bad news not only for people’s overall well-being, but also for their ability […]
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