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Cover Oregon makes no changes for now, will use HealthCare.gov again
By John N. Frank | September 06, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Cover Oregon, the quasi-governmental corporation set up by the state to oversee its insurance marketplace, isn't recommending any changes in its structure, for now.
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Reform Update: CMS won't limit flexibility of Oregon CCOs, state says
By Virgil Dickson | August 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS and Oregon are stepping back from an apparent clash over how the state is paying the managed-care organizations serving Medicaid beneficiaries in its nationally watched Medicaid demonstration. State officials and leaders of Oregon's coordinated-care organizations had expressed strong...
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Medical marijuana laws tied to fewer drug overdose deaths
By Steven Ross Johnson | August 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
States that have enacted laws allowing for the medicinal use of marijuana have lower annual rates of drug overdose death than do states without such laws, according to a study.
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Information
Federal directive threatens Oregon Medicaid reform
By Associated Press | August 23, 2014
Officials responsible for implementing ambitious changes to the Oregon HealthPlan are worried a new federal directive could undo the state's Medicaid reform.
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Oregon sues Oracle over failed healthcare website
By Associated Press | August 22, 2014
The state of Oregon filed a lawsuit Friday against Oracle Corp. and several of its executives over the technology company's role in creating the troubled website for the state's online health insurance exchange.
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Malpractice mediation undermined by HHS ruling
By Andis Robeznieks | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A little-noticed HHS ruling on reporting medical malpractice claims could get in the way of state efforts to promote an alternative dispute-resolution method that several academic medical centers have used effectively to improve quality and reduce lawsuits and damage awards.
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Vital Signs
Criticism of Oregon's med-mal mediation law off base, lawmaker says
By Andis Robeznieks | August 15, 2014
An Oregon law to encourage settlement of medical malpractice claims through disclosure, apology and compensation has taken heat from HHS and the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen because it exempts some claims from being reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank. But the bill's sponsor...
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Information
Oregon prison staff urge digital health records
By Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.) | August 12, 2014
State prison officials hope to persuade the governor that it’s time to convert the health records of Oregon inmates to an electronic system. Prison officials plan to make a new pitch to the governor’s office this summer to transfer the files to a digital storehouse.
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Information
Oracle sues Oregon over health insurance exchange
By Associated Press | August 09, 2014
Oracle Corp. has sued the state of Oregon in a fight over the state's health insurance exchange, saying government officials are using the technology company's software despite $23 million in disputed bills.
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Magazine
USC brings heart surgery expertise to Torrance, and other news
By Modern Healthcare | August 09, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California has expanded its cardiac surgery services to Torrance (Calif.) Memorial Medical Center, a 377-bed community provider.
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