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M4M4A to host Single Payer Picnic in Vancouver on Saturday

| Jul 20, 2023 | Oregon, Washington

A national grassroots organization will host an event in Vancouver this weekend to advocate for a single-payer healthcare system.     March for Medicare for All (M4M4A) will host its Single Payer Picnic at Vancouver’s Hazel Dell Community Park, located at 2300 NE 68th St., on Saturday from noon to...[ Read More ]

Further PBM regulations needed in Oregon after HB 3013 fails in legislature, OSPA says

| Jul 18, 2023 | Oregon

The Oregon Legislature passed a bill this year that aims to help pharmacists overcome challenges they face in dealing with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), although the organization that represents them believes more can be done.     PBMs act as middle men, performing the administrative transaction of processing prescription claims...[ Read More ]

Community colleges can now offer BSNs in Oregon, which could help them address the state’s nurse shortage

| Jul 5, 2023 | Oregon

Community college leaders are hopeful new legislation that allows them to offer a bachelor’s degree-level nursing program will help address Oregon’s nurse shortage.  Lawmakers recently passed Senate Bill 523, which authorizes community colleges to offer bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) degrees. They can now offer a post-licensure degree program...[ Read More ]

PSU to train new mental health service providers to work in high-need Pacific Northwest schools

| Jun 28, 2023 | Oregon, Washington

Portland State University (PSU) will use nearly $6 million in federal funding to train new school-based mental health service providers to address shortages in high-need Oregon and Washington schools.     The US Department of Education (DOE) will distribute the funds to PSU over a five-year period through the Mental...[ Read More ]

Report shows staffing levels, burnout, and rising healthcare costs are primary concerns for Pacific Northwest health professionals

| Jun 8, 2023 | Oregon, Washington

The top three concerns for health professionals in the Pacific Northwest are staffing levels, provider/staff burnout, and rising healthcare costs, according to a recent study.     Schwabe and The Business Journals surveyed healthcare professionals to get a better understanding of the state of the industry, both now and in...[ Read More ]

Q&A: OAHHS’s Becky Hultberg discusses legislation that can help address Oregon’s healthcare workforce challenges

| Jun 1, 2023 | Oregon

Workforce shortages and rising expenses have led to financial insecurities at Oregon’s hospitals, and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) has led an effort to try and address those issues this legislative session. State lawmakers face plenty of adversity themselves as a four-week long walkout—the longest in...[ Read More ]