Jefferson Exchange | July 9, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed July 9, 2014

The "Medical Home" Model Explained

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The term "patient-centered medical home" probably conjures up a number of images and ideas. 

It is not a home you LIVE in, but a home base of sorts, a place to get all of your medical needs addressed in one place. 

The concept is catching on in Oregon. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 27, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Results of Oregon's Medicaid Expansion

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Oregon's 2008 Medicaid (Oregon Health Plan) expansion offered a gift to health researchers. 

Since people either got Medicaid coverage or didn't by lottery, large numbers of people--thousands--would be available to test the results of health insurance coverage (or not) on previously uncovered populations. 

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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 17, 2013
11:01 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Getting Land Use Ordinances Ready for Pot Dispensaries

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Medical marijuana dispensaries will begin showing up in Oregon in the near future, thanks to a law passed by the state legislature this year. 

The Medford City Council recently voted to ban dispensaries, but the state law may trump that.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 26, 2013
11:45 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Enrollment Begins October 1st: Services For Women In Health Care Law

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Given the earlier fights, it was probably predictable that the days leading up to the activation of the federal Affordable Care Act--"Obamacare"--would be filled with more fights over the law.

While the Congressional efforts to implement or de-fund the law continue, we bring in guests to talk about some of the specifics of the law and its effect on services just for women. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 23, 2013
3:40 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

Enter The Future: Genetic Testing/Counseling

Chromosomes segregate in the process of mitosis.
Credit Journal of Cellular Biology

While we argue about insurance and payments, medical science continues to advance into the future.

Genetic testing is now available to patients in the Rogue Valley, through a partnership between Oregon Health & Science University and Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center

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Jefferson Exchange | September 13, 2013
12:20 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Approaching The End: "Knocking On Heaven's Door"


Most life events can come in multiples, but we each get one birth and one death.

And we prefer to focus on the first, not the second.  Which leads to all kinds of issues for people who really need to talk about death, accepting it, and even hastening it.  Katy Butler's experiences with her elderly parents led her to write Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death.