Josephine County partnership with AllCare Health expands services in Cave Junction

A partnership with AllCare Health has led to the expansion of Josephine County Public Health services to the Illinois Valley.

The regional health care management organization originally partnered with the county health department two years ago and that led to expanded hours and services at the Grants Pass facility on NW Dimmick Street.

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Blue Zones to help Umpqua region improve health

The Umpqua region, with a focus on Roseburg, will be one of the three new demonstration communities in Oregon for the Blue Zones Project, a program meant to help residents improve their health and well being.

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The number of Oregon mental health workers is not keeping up with the need

A new report from the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees presents some good news—the vast expansion of the Oregon Health Plan means that Oregonians requiring mental health services are much more likely to see a provider.

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Creating a new model for behavioral health?

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) convened the Behavioral Health Collaborative (BHC) in the summer of 2016 to develop a set of recommendations that would transform Oregon’s behavioral health system by building upon Oregon’s coordinated care model to identify and address the system and operational barriers that prevent individuals and their families from getting the right support at the right time. The Behavioral Health Collaborative Report is available online. OHA has already begun moving towards implementation of those recommendations.

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Medicaid expansion: what the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment reveals

Harvard economist Katherine Baicker discusses the complex question of Medicaid expansion and elaborates on the findings from the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, touted by both supporters and opponents of the Affordable Care Act.

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Umpqua Health battles nicotine addiction with new quit program for smokers

The Umpqua Health Alliance said it “has deployed a new weapon in the war against nicotine addiction.”

UHA manages care for more than 26,000 Douglas County residents on the Oregon Health Plan. Last week, the company announced it will offer its members free access to the Quit for Life Program, which develops individualized, easy-to-follow quit plans for participants.

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CHA: Mobile Crisis Team

Plan to install emergency phones on McCullough Bridge moves forward

NORTH BEND, Ore. — Plans to install two emergency phones on the McCullough Bridge in North Bend are moving forward.

The Oregon Department of Transportation approved the application for two devices to be installed.

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Oregon lawmakers want public employees to use CCOs for health insurance

State lawmakers are considering cutting health insurance costs for Oregon’s teachers and government employees, by requiring they use the state’s Coordinated Care Organizations.

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Cascade Health Alliance marks 25 years; donates $1.2 million to local groups

In advance of the 25th anniversary for Cascade Comprehensive Care Inc. and its subsidiary Cascade Health Alliance, the company made donations to community projects totaling approximately $1.2 million in 2016.

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