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Sen. Steiner Hayward's bill would have employers pay for employees’ Medicaid

| Apr 7, 2017 | Oregon

As the federal government struggles to agree on how to deal with rising Medicaid costs, Oregon seems to have a solution: charge employers for their employees’ Medicaid costs. Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, who works as an OHSU family physician when not at the Capitol, has introduced SB997 this legislative session, which...[ Read More ]

Amgen announces job changes for Thousand Oaks employees

| Apr 4, 2017 | California

Biotechnology giant Amgen notified nearly 500 employees at its corporate headquarters that their jobs would be reassigned, relocated, or cut altogether. The restructuring will take place over the next year and a half. Amgen plans to open a new facility in Tampa which will employ around 450 people. Amgen expects...[ Read More ]

Olelo to broadcast select Health Policy Conference breakout sessions

| Apr 3, 2017 | Hawaii

Our first annual Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference was a hit with over 275 registered attendees! If you were unable to join us in Honolulu or want a recap, you can tune in to Olelo 54 to watch four of our breakout sessions. Check out the topics and air...[ Read More ]

Senators provide details for proposed single payer health care system

| Apr 3, 2017 | California

A week after the House GOP pulled their ACA replacement bill, Californian senators continue to push for a single payer health care system. Senators Richard Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) amended their bill The Healthy California Act to include details on how their proposed single payer health...[ Read More ]

CHPI launches physician rating database

| Mar 28, 2017 | California

The California Healthcare Performance Information System has launched a new physician rating website. CAqualityratings.org allows patients to compare approximately 12,000 Californian physicians. Physicians are rated on measures in their area of specialty, including how often they recommend medical tests and procedures. “Access to physician information will help equip California consumers...[ Read More ]

Physicians Medical Group of Santa Cruz joins with Dignity Health

| Mar 27, 2017 | California

Dignity Health Medical Foundation signed an agreement to manage the health plan administrative functions for Physicians Medical Group of Santa Cruz. Physicians Medical Group, a network of 250 primary care and specialist physicians in Santa Cruz County, was founded in 1994. About 20,000 people have a health maintenance plan through...[ Read More ]