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Fall 2010



  arrowHealth reform—$727 million to community health centers arrowHealth reform—New health law means 6,000 jobs in Oregon arrowFrom the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress—Signs of aging found in more obese children
  arrowCost of care—More than half of acute care visits not to patientsí PCP

arrowEmployees, vendors—State’s healthy snack initiative is hard to stomach

arrowFrom the Archives of Internal MedicineHeavy smoking in midlife doubles risk of Alzheimer’s
    arrowLanguage, poverty among the barriers—Health care bypasses many Latino Oregonians arrowFrom the New England Journal of MedicineSmoke-free laws reduce asthma hospitalization
    arrowHealthy Kids—Thereís room for more to enroll
    arrowFederal grant—State to help consumers find health insurance



arrowNew web tool—Oregon consumers can compare cost of medical procedures



arrowAuthorized by federal reform—Oregon to move ahead with insurance exchange
  arrowEstacada, Grant County and Clackamas County—Drug prevention programs to receive $125,000 grants for five years  
    arrowExceptional administration—Oregon’s SNAP program honored


Summer 2010



  arrowCMS administrator—Don Berwick's recess appointment bypasses Senate confirmation. arrowBudget crisis—Physical education on the chopping block in Oregon schools. arrowBest practices—Basic steps could slash hospital infection rates, deaths.
  arrowU.S. health care rank—Commonwealth Fund says U.S. is dead last among comparable countries

arrowAdvance directives—Oregonís POLST form helps clarify end-of-life decisions.

arrowOral health—Failure to brush teeth means high risk of heart disease
  arrow“Recess” for workers—The push for on-the-job exercise breaks. arrowPublic records—Oregon does better on two of three health care acquired infections. arrowObesity among risks—CDC finds Oregon toddlers watch too much television.
  arrowLet's Move—Childhood obesity fight takes center stage. arrowProvider shortages foreseen—Oregon doctors opt for retirement at high rate.
    arrowOregon Medical Insurance Pool—Health plan offered for Oregonians with pre-existing conditions



arrowHome assistance threatened—Legislature finds budget bandage for some senior disability program cuts.


Spring 2010



  arrowIHIís president—Don Berwick nominated to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). arrowFederal advisory group—Which is healthiest? Oregon counties ranked. arrowKlamath County program—“Dental home” promotes better dental health.
  arrowFederal advisory group—More support urged for primary care training, medical homes recommended.

arrow2009Ė2010 flu season—H1N1 waning in Oregon, but not disappearing.

arrowPediatrics journal—Breastfeeding is a lifesaver.
  arrowFall 2010 flu season—Flu shots may include H1N1 and be recommended for all. arrowH1N1 hits Native American population harder—Oregon may be an exception. arrowDon’t worry, be happy—Cheerful people have fewer heart problems.
  arrowOnline toolkit—AMA gives help with tougher HIPAA privacy rules. arrowWIC performance award—Oregon among nationís top states for breastfeeding. arrowFrom PediatricsFactors contributing to obesity higher among minority children.
  arrowProvider book clubs—Books help doctors connect with patients. arrowEconomic downturn—Increasing need for state assistance continues into 2010.
  arrowRecord levels—National enrollment in Medicaid on the increase.


Winter 2009



  arrowEnd the “tragedy of the commons” in health care—IHI’s Don Berwick’s challenge: Do what’s right for common good. arrowMore Oregonians seek assistance as recession continues—One in six Oregonians is now on food stamps. arrowCT scan radiation varies widely—Radiation dosages can range as high as three times that associated with increased cancer risk.
  arrowNation fares poorly on longevity scale—The United States ranks near bottom of wealthiest nations in common health measures.

arrowOregon rate of unemployment declines—Health care employment shows increase over one year ago.

arrowKeeping abreast of the latest research is hard to do—Technology may help physicians keep pace with evidence-based best practices.
    arrowOregon’s childhood Medicaid enrollment earns bonus—Federal award is for enrolling more low-income children in Medicaid. arrowLook younger, live longer—Perceived age can be a strong indicator of good health, study confirms.


Fall 2009



  arrowDiabetes state by state: Oregon slightly better than average—Analysis of surveys shows differences between men, women, and among races.

arrowOregon WIC upgrades food packages—Changes improve nutrient content, reinforce healthy choices and support WIC focus on breastfeeding. arrowPopcorn may be good for you...but hold the butter—Large amounts of antioxidant polyphenols may have role in reducing risk of heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
  arrowFor health insurance, it’s where you live—Census data of the geographic distribution of the nation’s uninsured population shows wide disparities in different regions.

arrowReport shows gaps in Oregon’s primary care quality—Diabetes care exceeds national average, but women’s health screenings lag.

arrowWomen + diabetes = increased risk of irregular heart rhythm—Center for Health Research study shows women with diabetes are 26 percent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation.
    arrowOregon food stamp program honored—For the third year in a row, the state's food stamp program was recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This year's recognition comes with a $2 million award. arrowStudy: medical homes show patient, staff benefits—Results of demonstration project show that adoption of the model, despite investment costs, can lead to improvements in quality without increasing overall costs.

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