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Cybercriminals target U.S. health care systems

Shawna De La Rosa | Oct 29, 2020 | Federal, Oregon

Cybercriminals attacked at least six U.S. hospitals this week, including Sky Lakes Medical Center in Oregon. A three-agency national advisory was issued Thursday warning of an increased threat of cybercrime against health care and public health companies using Ryuk ransonware  — a type of malware that encrypts victims' files. The...[ Read More ]

Anthem introduces Blue Connection

Shawna De La Rosa | Oct 29, 2020 | California

Anthem Blue Cross is introducing Blue Connection, a new health plan option designed to meet the needs of Bay Area businesses and their employees by lowering medical costs and improving health outcomes. Blue Connections offers employers a savings of up to 25% compared to Anthem’s standard PPO. “Blue Connection provides...[ Read More ]

Hawaii's Medicaid numbers up 7% year-over-year

Shawna De La Rosa | Oct 29, 2020 | Hawaii

Over the past year, Hawaii’s Medicaid enrollment increased by approximately 39,000 people, or 7%. In October 2019, the state had 322,527 individuals enrolled in Medicaid. That number now stands at 381,661.     During this period, HMSA ABD saw an enrollment increase of 828 participants, up 9% year-over-year between August...[ Read More ]

CMA's Virtual Grand Rounds webinar to focus on COVID-19 vaccine

Shawna De La Rosa | Oct 28, 2020 | California

The California Medical Association’s Virtual Grand Rounds: COVID-19 Vaccine Update will discuss the speed and scale of the COVID-19 vaccine development. The event, which is set for Nov. 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m., will be moderated by Kimberly Newell Green, M.D., immediate past president of the San Francisco Marin Medical...[ Read More ]

Suicide 8th leading cause of death in AZ

Shawna De La Rosa | Oct 28, 2020 | Arizona

Suicide was the 8th leading cause of death in Arizona in 2018, representing 2.4% of all deaths in the state. Mental health experts warn the coronavirus pandemic will only exacerbate the problem.   Earlier this year, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) Suicide Prevention Team was awarded $800,000 through...[ Read More ]

Oregon could lose billions in ACA repeal

Shawna De La Rosa | Oct 27, 2020 | Oregon

The appointment of Justice Amy Coney Bartlett shifts the U.S. Supreme Court further into conservative territory, and that puts the Affordable Care Act at risk. The stakes are high for Oregon, which stands to lose $3 billion a year in federal funds which it uses to pay for the health...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry advocates for rural health, expanded broadband

Shawna De La Rosa | Oct 27, 2020 | California

Assemblymember Cecilia M. Aguiar-Curry represents California’s 4th Assembly District, which includes all or parts of Napa, Lake, Yolo, Sonoma, Colusa and Solano counties. Before being elected in 2016, she was active in her hometown of Winters as a regional leader. She served as planning commissioner, on the city council and...[ Read More ]

Sen. Merkley: Democrats want to 'unrig' system

| Oct 27, 2020 | Oregon

With less cross-party socializing and elevated levels of partisanship, the chasm between Republicans and Democrats makes it increasingly difficult to find partners across the aisle. U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D), who gave the morning keynote address at the 2020 Oregon State of Reform Virtual Health Conference, believes the divisions on...[ Read More ]

ZOOM+Care expands footprint into Colorado

Michael Goldberg | Oct 26, 2020 | Colorado

ZOOM+Care, the Portland Oregon based chain of on-demand health care clinics, today announced its expansion into Colorado and Idaho, which paves the way for the creation of brick-and-mortar clinics beginning in December, 2020. Subsequent to growth across Oregon and Washington, the expansion will mark ZOOM+Care first foray out of the...[ Read More ]

Intermountain Healthcare, Sanford Health announced plans to merge

Shawna De La Rosa | Oct 26, 2020 | Utah

Intermountain Healthcare and Dakotas-based Sanford Health announced plans to merge Monday after signing a letter of intent to develop a strategic partnership. The deal is expected to close in 2021, pending state and federal approval. Both are faith-based and the largest private employers in their respective states. Salt Lake City-based...[ Read More ]

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