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Lawmakers are looking at government employee health care as a way of cutting costs. Eric Cain joins us to discuss his 30-year career with OPB. And we discuss other big news of the week.
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We talk about some big stories with our news roundtable, hear about a recently resurfaced Woody Guthrie song about the Vanport flood, and learn about some of unique challenges in administering healthcare in rural areas.
Do smartphones help or hinder healthcare professionals?
ZoomCare revolutionized the marketplace for on-demand healthcare.
In the past decade, the phrase gluten-free has gone from an obscure term to a household one. Supermarkets now devote entire sections to gluten-free products, and even beer makers have gotten into the act. But what exactly does it mean to say something is gluten-free? The answer has significant health implications not just for those diagnosed with Celiac's disease, but many others who experience gluten-intolerance. The FDA defines gluten-free as a product containing no wheat, barley, rye or hybrids of any of these. However, the gluten-free label is a voluntary one, with the only directive that labels not be untruthful or misleading. Some legislators, including Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, have called for universal requirements for gluten-free labels. The FDA has been working on labeling requirements for gluten-free foods since 2005. Recently, they sent recommended requirements to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). Gluten-free advocates are anxiously awaiting OIRA's approval now that the 90-day public comment period has expired.
When he's asked to explain how coordinated care organizations (CCOs) work, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has a favorite hypothetical example he likes to bring up. The example goes like this: There's a 92-year-old woman with well-managed congestive heart failure who lives in an un-air-conditioned apartment. A heat wave would be enough of a strain on her system to send her to the emergency room, which would cost a lot of money. Under the new CCO system, Kitzhaber argues, a community health worker would be checking in on this hypothetical nonagenarian and would prevent the expensive emergency room visit by providing her with an air-conditioner. Kitzhaber mentioned this example just last month when we interviewed him at the City Club of Portland and a few weeks later when he spoke to the New York Times. He also used it in a 2011 speech on health care reform and when he was on the campaign trail in 2010. This story left us wondering: Who exactly pays for the air-conditioner? Who decides it's medically necessary? And what about the doctors at the emergency room who never see this patient — how do they get paid under this new system focused on preventative care?
Willamette Valley Community Health, the Salem-area coordinated care organization (CCO), is having trouble getting Salem Health to agree with the financial details of its healthcare plans. Salem Health runs the Salem and Dallas hospitals. Last fall it sued the CCO over what it saw as low reimbursement rates. Now a bill in the legislature could kick Salem Health out of the CCO. But stakeholders in other CCOs worry the law may hurt providers in other parts of the state. We'll check in on the disagreement that could threaten the future of the CCO in Salem.
Booth Gardner served as the governor of Washington State from 1985 to 1993. He passed away over the weekend from complications of Parkinson's disease. Having only served as state senator and Pierce County executive before running for governor, he was known for a campaign slogan that winkingly acknowledged his relative statewide anonymity: "Booth Who?" But he overcame his lack of name recognition to become a two-term governor that brought changes to education, healthcare, and land use. After leaving office, he lived a quiet life, until reemerging into political view to advocate for Washington's Death with Dignity Act.
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Governor John Kitzhaber says Oregon will soon test the Obama Administration’s flexibility in healthcare policy.
The health insurance open enrollment season opens this week.
Senator Hillary Clinton brought her struggling presidential bid to a Portland hospital Friday to position healthcare as a central part of her campaign.
The consumer group, OSPIRG, says Oregon’s proposed new healthcare plan could cut medical costs by more than $5 billion over 10 years.
The Oregon Health Authority is holding a meeting in Portland Monday to gather public input on how to put new federal healthcare laws into effect.
Oregon ranks 47th in the nation in a new report on the availability of emergency healthcare.