Tag Archives: Oregon Health Plan

Oregon Medicaid program could cut off chronic pain patients from opioids – STAT

Officials are considering a first-in-the-nation proposal that would end coverage for opioids for chronic pain patients enrolled in Oregon’s Medicaid program. There is little Laura Dolph has not tried to escape her physical pain. Tylenol, occupational therapy, oxycodone. A chiropractor. Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation. Methadone, Advil, physical therapy, Tylenol with codeine. A prescription fentanyl patch […]
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Editorial: State, feds must walk fine line

American health officials are, with good reason, working to get the nation’s opioid addiction problems under control. That’s evident in the effort by Oregon Health Authority to come up with new ways to address chronic pain and by the federal Food and Drug Administration to create new prescribing guidelines for the powerful painkillers. They’ve taken […]
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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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Oregon Health Plan considers stricter opioid limits

Proposal would limit pain relievers, offer alternatives for chronic pain patients. Oregon could have some of the country’s strictest limits on opioids for chronic pain patients under a proposal being considered for the state’s Medicaid program. The proposed change would limit Oregon Health Plan coverage for five broad chronic pain conditions to 90 days of […]
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Challenges for the Next Phase of Integrated Medicaid Care in Oregon

The Oregon Health Plan launched an ambitious system a decade ago to integrate medical and dental care. It is now working on a reform of the system, which is plagued with problems.   Source: Challenges for the next phase of integrated medicaid care in Oregon

OHA grapples with patients’ chronic pain v. opioid crisis

The Oregon Health Authority is considering a policy to severely limit chronic pain patients’ access to opioids through the Oregon Health Plan. Source: Pamplin Media Group – OHA grapples with patients’ chronic pain v. opioid crisis

OHA considers limiting opioids from health plan

Growing concern over opioid addiction and overdose has prompted state health officials to create a proposal that would limit prescription opioids from the Oregon Health Plan by 2020. Source: OHA considers limiting opioids from health plan

Cuts to funds that help people find insurance shouldn’t affect Oregon

Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will cut funds by 70 percent. The Trump administration’s move to cut funding for people who help consumers buy individual health insurance plans should not affect Oregon, state officials said, as the state funds its own enrollment assistant program. The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace provides grants to community […]
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Volunteer-led anti-abortion initiative appears on its way to November ballot

Oregon voters may have the chance to vote on whether to ban taxpayer-funded abortions come November. Oregon Life United, the political action committee behind the anti-abortion initiative, announced Friday that it turned in 141,200 signatures by Friday’s deadline. Source: Volunteer-led anti-abortion initiative appears on its way to November ballot | OregonLive.com

State officials say health care solution seems to be working

The Oregon Health Association has deemed Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO) to be the best solution to improved health and out-of-control medical costs, according to a report released Monday. In 2012, the agency set goals to improve health, reduce waste and costs, create local accountability, maintain sustainable spending and coordinate care, among others. Source: State officials […]
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