Archive for August, 2012
During the painful economic downturn, the Legislature has implemented a series of very tough payment cuts to providers. No surprise there. (more…)
“Aligning incentives with outcomes” is all the rage these days. However, while the general concept has been around some time – years, actually, going back to previous efforts at reform – today’s policy discussion continues to miss some very important lessons from the past that undermine the success of future risk-based payments. (more…)
According to the “The Lund Report: Unlocking Oregon’s Health System”, Oregon Health Insurance Exchange in efforts to increase collaboration between tribal members and coordinated care organizations, hired Sonciray Bonnell. Bonnell is a tribal community program analyst, who was a health resource coordinator on Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board for ten years.
Last week, Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center (ANHC) held an open house for its new facility. In sum, about 100 members of the Anchorage health community came to tour the new facility. (more…)
“Dear Governor: About The State of Reform” is a collection of voices from across the health care spectrum, from four states: WA, OR, ID, and AK. The book will be published in Sept. Excerpts will appear here.
You are responsible for serving the same people we are. Every single resident of your state will eventually need our services – for hospitalization, immunization, or anything in between. And that starts us off on common ground as (more…)
Recently, Premera has led an outreach campaign against Guardian Flight to brokers and employers charging that the company was inflating prices well beyond the market – or what the market could bear. That has taken hold in a number of areas as others in healthcare are taking action to mitigate against the cost increases. (more…)