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More than 7,000 employees authorize bargaining team to call a strike at OHSU

| Sep 2, 2022 | Oregon

Thousands of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) employees could go on strike within the coming weeks.     More than 7,000 employees, including respiratory therapists and pharmacists, authorized their bargaining team to call a strike on Aug. 26th. Approximately 93% of workers represented by AFSCME Local 328 voted to...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: CCO performance review, Nurses seeking affordable housing, Q&A on Latinx COVID testing

| Aug 11, 2022 | Oregon

My name is Eli Kirshbaum and I’m a Senior Reporter/Editor here at State of Reform. Emily is out on vacation for the next two weeks, so I’m stepping in to write her newsletters while she’s gone. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or comments during...[ Read More ]

Report details key findings about Oregon’s Medicaid delivery system and impact of CCOs

| Aug 5, 2022 | Oregon

Oregon’s Medicaid delivery system has undergone many changes in the past decade, and state health officials continue to try and improve it.     The state transformed its Medicaid program in 2012 by establishing coordinated care organizations (CCOs) under a federal Medicaid demonstration waiver to provide care for its Medicaid...[ Read More ]

New OHSU food allergy center will be first of its kind in Pacific Northwest

| Jul 21, 2022 | Oregon

Dale and Julie Burghardt’s $5 million gift will establish a new Food Allergy Center at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, which will be the first and only food allergy-focused academic health center in the Pacific Northwest.     Their gift will support startup costs for the...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rep. Rob Nosse on health care in Oregon and his priorities for 2022

| Dec 14, 2021 | Oregon

Rep. Rob Nosse (D - Portland) served as vice chair of the House Committee on Behavioral Health during the 2021 session and as co-chair of the Ways & Means Subcommittee on Human Services. . He recently spoke with State of Reform about  health policy from 2021 and what his priorities...[ Read More ]

OHSU receives $6.9 million to expand research on workplace safety and wellness

| Sep 30, 2021 | Oregon

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) awarded $6.9 million to the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). This grant renews a five year grant program for Oregon’s version of a Center of Excellence which started in 2011. OHWC aims to expand...[ Read More ]