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A New Vision for Rural Health in Washington

| Jun 15, 2017 | Washington

The Healthier Washington Rural Health Innovation Accelerator Committee (RHIAC) released their rural health assessment, A New Vision for Rural Health in Washington. Generally, residents in rural areas are more likely to be food insecure, become obese and get diabetes, and be uninsured. They likely have less access to homecare, hospice...[ Read More ]

Oregon Health Authority budget package moves to House floor

| Jun 13, 2017 | Oregon

Today the Joint Committee on Ways and Means passed the Oregon Health Authority’s proposed budget package. The package is made up of three bills, House Bills 2391, 3398, and 5026, which passed out of the Subcommittee on Human Services last week. The OHA currently has a budget hole of $917...[ Read More ]

Beacon chosen as BH-ASO for North Central ACH

| Jun 13, 2017 | Washington

The Health Care Authority has selected Beacon Health Options as the Apparently Successful Bidder as the result of the North Central Behavioral Health – Administrative Services Organization procurement. Last year, Beacon was also awarded the behavioral health administrative services contract in Southwest Washington, the first region to move towards fully...[ Read More ]

Gov. Walker’s opioid bill passes in Alaska Senate

| Jun 12, 2017 | Alaska

The Alaska Senate passed Governor Walker’s requested bill that seeks to impose regulations on prescribing opioids. Under House Bill 159, providers would not be allowed to issue an initial prescription of an opioid that exceeds a seven-day supply. Providers would also receive pain management and opioid use and addiction education,...[ Read More ]

Sutter Health continues with proposed senior care facility

| Jun 7, 2017 | California

The Sacramento Planning Commission approved Sutter Health’s proposal to establish a nonresidential senior care facility in the River District. The new facility will replace two downtown sites which are used for Sutter’s SeniorCare PACE non-profit health plan. PACE delivers comprehensive care services to frail seniors to prevent premature entry into...[ Read More ]

Regence celebrates 100 years

| Jun 5, 2017 | Oregon, Washington

Regence BlueShield celebrated its centennial anniversary last week on June 2. “Regence is a homegrown company with a 100-year legacy serving the Pacific Northwest,” said Scott Powers, President of Health Plan Operations. “From an innovative idea born in the timber mills in 1917, where loggers decided to pool their earnings...[ Read More ]