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5 Things Oregon: Herd immunity, Rep. Moore-Green, Workforce report

| Feb 9, 2021 | Oregon

We are now covering state health policy in 15 states, providing more independent coverage of state and market-level health care coverage than any outlet in the country, so far as we can tell. It's a long way from our first story on Oregon health care back in 2012! If you'd...[ Read More ]

Oregon state officials brace for chaos in the vaccine rollout while Gov. Brown continues to receive criticism

| Feb 8, 2021 | Oregon

Oregon officials at the state and county levels are bracing for chaos in the vaccination rollout as seniors who are living independently are now eligible for the vaccine, beginning with those who are 80 years and older. Meanwhile Gov. Kate Brown continues to receive criticism from the House and Senate...[ Read More ]

Representative Moore-Green is focused on access to care and mental health policy in 2021

| Feb 8, 2021 | Oregon

Representative Raquel Moore-Green says she is focused on setting the foundation for assessing Oregon’s resources to address mental health issues in her role as the Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Behavioral Health and as a member of the House Health Committee this session.     She says that her...[ Read More ]

OHA releases health care workforce needs assessment

Emily Boerger | Feb 8, 2021 | Oregon

The 2021 Oregon Health Care Workforce Needs Assessment report finds the state’s health care workforce needs increased diversity and better geographic distribution. The Oregon Health Authority released the biennial report, which focuses on evaluating diversity in the work force and specific needs in underserved parts of the state, on Wednesday....[ Read More ]

Oregon House Health Committee hears testimony on bill that removes supervision requirements for Physician Assistants

| Feb 5, 2021 | Oregon

The Oregon House Committee on Health Care heard public testimony on a bill that would remove the requirement for physician assistants to practice under physicians. Currently, a supervising physician may use the services of a Physician Assistant (PA) in accordance with a practice agreement, which is a written agreement between...[ Read More ]

OHA sets first hospital community benefit floor

| Feb 4, 2021 | Oregon

Oregon Health Authority announced the first minimum spending floor for hospital community benefit on Feb. 1, as envisioned by HB 3076 (2019). Each tax-exempt hospital or hospital system in the state will receive a floor for community benefit spending based on their revenues, prior expenditures, financial health, and the needs...[ Read More ]

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