health care http://ijpr.org en Translating Medical Into English--And Other Languages http://ijpr.org/post/translating-medical-english-and-other-languages <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Not all the people who show up at the doctor's office or ER speak English.&nbsp;</p><p>Oregon law recognizes this, and requires certified medical interpreters to be on hand when medical professionals treat non-English speaking patients.&nbsp;</p><p>But that's easier said than done, with interpreters in short supply.&nbsp; Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16025 at http://ijpr.org Translating Medical Into English--And Other Languages Results of Oregon's Medicaid Expansion http://ijpr.org/post/results-oregons-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Oregon's 2008 Medicaid (Oregon Health Plan) expansion offered a gift to health researchers.&nbsp;</p><p>Since people either got Medicaid coverage or didn't by lottery, large numbers of people--thousands--would be available to<a href="http://www.nber.org/oregon/index.html" target="_blank"><strong> test the results </strong></a>of health insurance coverage (or not) on previously uncovered populations.&nbsp;</p><p>Bottom line: the covered people are not a whole lot healthier, but they made more use of health care services and spent less of their own money.&nbsp; Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:10:10 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 14780 at http://ijpr.org Results of Oregon's Medicaid Expansion Doctors As Storytellers http://ijpr.org/post/doctors-storytellers <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>There's a real trend in medicine toward good story-telling.&nbsp;</p><p>A number of medical school programs and practitioners advocate creative writing skills for MDs and other health care workers.&nbsp;</p><p>Because each patient and illness has a story.&nbsp;</p><p>Geriatrician <a href="http://louisearonson.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Louise Aronson</strong></a> holds an M.D. and an M.F.A. in writing.&nbsp; Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:10:10 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 14373 at http://ijpr.org Doctors As Storytellers Jackson County Opens Clinic For Its Workers http://ijpr.org/post/jackson-county-opens-clinic-its-workers <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Out of 11 industrialized countries, the United Kingdom has the best health care, says a recent report.&nbsp;</p><p>And the United States comes in dead last on that list, despite spending twice as much per capita as the UK.&nbsp;</p><p>The dual issues of low quality and high cost are well known.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.co.jackson.or.us/" target="_blank"><strong>Jackson County</strong></a> leaders have an idea for addressing the issues for county employees: a free clinic for county workers.&nbsp; Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 14301 at http://ijpr.org Jackson County Opens Clinic For Its Workers Reforming Health Care, Continued http://ijpr.org/post/reforming-health-care-continued <p></p><p>The national debate about reforming the health care system tends to veer automatically into politics.&nbsp;</p><p>But there are important realms left behind when that happens: medicine and economics. Wed, 07 May 2014 17:10:10 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 11942 at http://ijpr.org Reforming Health Care, Continued Getting Insured Means Getting To The E.R. http://ijpr.org/post/getting-insured-means-getting-er <p></p><p>The name of a recent study make its point clear in its title: "Medicaid Increases Emergency Department Use."</p><p></p><p>The study is the latest in a series that tracks the effects of bringing previously uninsured people into Oregon's version of Medicaid, the Oregon Health Plan.&nbsp; Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 5885 at http://ijpr.org Getting Insured Means Getting To The E.R. Insurers Restrict Choice Of Doctors To Save Costs http://ijpr.org/post/insurers-restrict-choice-doctors-save-costs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As people shop for new insurance under the federal health law, they’re faced with many choices for health plans at different prices. But the plans they choose also come with different combinations of doctors and hospitals. And </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">some people are confused and frustrated by the new conditions.</span></p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 01:59:43 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 4483 at http://ijpr.org Insurers Restrict Choice Of Doctors To Save Costs Children And Health Insurance: CA/OR Look Good http://ijpr.org/post/children-and-health-insurance-caor-look-good <p></p><p>Even before the Affordable Care Act fully takes effect, children in both of our states are getting more health insurance coverage.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>A study from the <a href="http://ccf.georgetown.edu/" target="_blank"><strong>Health Policy Institute</strong></a> at Georgetown University shows growth in health insurance coverage for children in both Oregon and California.&nbsp;</p><p>We'll hear the reasons for the improvement... and what likely happens next.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:56:00 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 3686 at http://ijpr.org Children And Health Insurance: CA/OR Look Good Oregon Health Plan Members Make Fewer Emergency Visits http://ijpr.org/post/oregon-health-plan-members-make-fewer-emergency-visits <p>New state data show that Oregon Health Plan members are making fewer visits to the emergency room and more visits to primary care providers.</p><p></p><p>Per-person spending growth fell by 1 percentage point. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:22:35 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 2686 at http://ijpr.org Oregon Health Plan Members Make Fewer Emergency Visits VENTSday-Federal Shutdown + Health Exchanges Open http://ijpr.org/post/ventsday-federal-shutdown-health-exchanges-open <p>We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that&#39;s the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news.&nbsp;</p><p>We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.&nbsp; It&#39;s VENTSday on The Jefferson Exchange. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 19:06:31 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 771 at http://ijpr.org VENTSday-Federal Shutdown + Health Exchanges Open