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Oregon Medicaid reforms achieving saving goals

By Andis Robeznieks  |  January 17, 2015

Oregon's 380,000 new Medicaid enrollees are younger and healthier than anticipated, so the influx into the state's coordinated-care system did not negatively affect its ability to meet targeted savings of $11 billion over 10 years, the state reported.

Oregon Medicaid reforms meet savings goals as more enroll

By Andis Robeznieks  |  January 14, 2015

Oregon's 380,000 new Medicaid enrollees are younger and healthier than anticipated, so the influx into the state's coordinated-care system did not negatively affect its ability to meet targeted savings of $11 billion over 10 years, the state reported Wednesday.

Funding woes imperil future of state-run exchanges

By Darius Tahir and Paul Demko  |  January 10, 2015

Starting this month, state-run insurance exchanges are legally required by the healthcare reform law to be financially self-sustaining. But that mandate is being ignored across the country, and there do not appear to be any immediate consequences for the states.

Tennessee hospitals' funding of Medicaid expansion is about survival

Tennessee hospitals' funding of Medicaid expansion is about survival

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 20, 2014

Tennessee hospitals' decision to help fund Medicaid expansion under Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's new waiver proposal was driven by hospitals' financial survival as well as their desire to extend coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans, hospital leaders there say.

Two will plead guilty to Rite Aid surplus resale scheme

By Lisa Schencker  |  December 18, 2014

A former vice president of Rite Aid Corp. and his business associate have signed tentative agreements saying they'll plead guilty to allegations they duped the company out of $14.6 million by profiting from deceptive sales of its surplus inventory.

Oregon to use Kentucky software for Medicaid

By Associated Press  |  December 10, 2014

Oregon is planning to use an online Medicaid enrollment system from Kentucky after giving up on its own troubled software. Oregon's Medicaid director, Judy Mohr Peterson, told a state legislative committee about the plan Monday.

Targeting the right patients for support

By Maureen McKinney  |  December 06, 2014

Studies have demonstrated the critical role that patient engagement plays in disease management. Some providers are using the Patient Activation Measure, or PAM, as a tool to help predict which patients are best equipped to engage in their care and which ones will be in need of additional support.

Yordy to retire from helm of PeaceHealth

Yordy to retire from helm of PeaceHealth

By Adam Rubenfire  |  December 04, 2014

Alan Yordy has announced that he will retire next summer from his job as president and chief mission officer at Vancouver, Wash.-based PeaceHealth, a not-for-profit Catholic health system with 10 hospitals across Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Few states move to establish exchanges despite subsidies' legal peril

By Paul Demko  |  December 02, 2014

The Democratic-controlled Illinois Legislature appears poised to approve legislation this week establishing a state-based insurance exchange. But the Land of Lincoln is the exception when it comes to states without their own exchanges.

Open enrollment going well, so far

By Bob Herman and Darius Tahir  |  November 22, 2014

Most insurers, hospitals and other enrollment organizations agree that the federal and state exchanges are performing much better this time around. But the process of signing up and re-enrolling millions of Americans still isn't perfect, with some problems reported around the country.

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