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How one incident caused 47 patients to die at the Oregon State Hospital

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Friday Forum: Rural Healthcare in Oregon

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Bill Gates gives $50 million to combat Alzheimer's

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Kate Brown changes course, demands $64 million Medicaid repayment

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Knute Buehler calls for independent inquiry into Medicaid overpayments

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Oregon overpays more than $74 million for Medicaid, governor kept in the dark

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3 to 4 cups of coffee can do more good than bad for your body, study suggests
Drinking three to four cups of coffee a day can positively impact health more than it can harm it, according to a study published Wednesday. Health researchers looked at more than 200 previous studies and linked coffee consumption to lower risk of premature death, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's disease, depression, dementia, some cancers, type 2 diabetes and liver disease, in a study published in   Read More ...
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These conjoined twins spent their lives in a hospital. They just went home - as two.
Abby and Erin Delaney have finally gone home - more than five months after the formerly conjoined twins were separated in a rare surgery. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia said Monday that the twins have been discharged, ending an emotional 485-day stay at the hospital where they were born in summer 2016. For 15 months, the girls had remained in the hospital   Read More ...
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Perfect match: Baby AJ to receive kidney transplant from deceased donor
After weeks of waiting, a life-saving kidney transplant for a 2-year-old is finally a go. According to the A.J. Burgess' mother Carmellia, Emory Healthcare called around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night to say they have a deceased donor that is a perfect match for him. Family was on their way to the hospital immediately to do final blood work. Surgery is scheduled for Wednesday   Read More ...
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Company fires about 50 workers for refusing to get flu shot
A Duluth-based health system has fired about 50 employees who refused to get a flu shot. Essentia Health announced last month that employees would be required to get vaccinated for influenza to help keep patients from getting infected, or else receive a religious or medical exemption. The deadline was Monday. Essentia says 99 percent of the company's 13,900 eligible employees have either gotten the shot, received an exemption or are getting an exemption   Read More ...
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How one incident caused 47 patients to die at the Oregon State Hospital
A ghastly scene unfolded during dinner 75 years ago at Oregon State Hospital. Patients began dropping like flies after eating a batch of poisoned scrambled eggs, vomiting blood and writhing on the floor in agony. Some died within minutes, others succumbed hours later, 47 people in all. Officially, there were 263 cases. Newspapers, however, reported more 400 others were sickened. Gov   Read More ...
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Portland man who jumped from I-84 overpass after crash was real estate broker fighting mental illness
A Portland man struck and killed by a car after he jumped from an Interstate 84 overpass in Morrow County was an ambitious young real estate broker who also struggled with bouts of mental illness, his family and co-workers said. Alex Michael Herrera, 28, had fled a minor fender-bender last week near Boardman moments before his death, said Oregon State Police   Read More ...
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Rev. Jesse Jackson says he has Parkinson's disease
CHICAGO - Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson announced Friday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Jackson made the announcement in a letter to supporters that he had been diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder that results from loss of cells in various parts of the brain that control movement. The disease also afflicted his father. “After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father,” Jackson writes   Read More ...
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Friday Forum: Rural Healthcare in Oregon
Presented on November 17, 2017, Rural Oregonians suffer shorter life expectancies, higher death rates from chronic diseases, and poorer access to healthcare than Oregonians in urban areas. Some rural areas in Oregon have no health providers at all. What makes healthcare so challenging in rural Oregon? What must Oregon do to raise the quality of healthcare to rural Oregonians who need it? Our panelists Bruce Goldberg, MD, and Liz Powers, MD and moderator Serena Cruz will address these questions and recommend methods for Oregon to meet the needs of its rural residents.   Read More ...
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Rev. Jesse Jackson reveals he's being treated for Parkinson's disease
CHICAGO -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson disclosed publicly Friday that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson's disease and plans to "dedicate" himself to physical therapy. In a Friday letter to supporters, the 76-year-old civil rights leader said family and friends noticed a change in him about three years ago. He said he could no longer ignore symptoms of the chronic neurological disorder that causes movement difficulties   Read More ...
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Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson says he has Parkinson's disease
CHICAGO—Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson announced Friday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Jackson made the announcement in a letter to supporters that he had been diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder, which also afflicted his father. “After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father,” Jackson writes. “Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it   Read More ...
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Colorado doctors claim first marijuana overdose death
KUSA - Two poison control doctors claim to have documented the first known case of death by marijuana overdose, sparking a medical debate over what killed an 11-month-old baby in Colorado two years ago. The case report was published in the journal Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine and is co-authored by a pair of doctors at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, which is housed at Denver Health   Read More ...
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'Obamacare' sign-ups 45 percent ahead of last year's pace
WASHINGTON -- Sign-ups for Affordable Care Act health plans are running more than 45 percent ahead of last year's pace, according to government data released Wednesday. The numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services come as Republican senators are pushing to pay for tax cuts by repealing the "Obamacare" requirement to carry coverage. The new figures show that nearly 1   Read More ...
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Bill Gates gives $50 million to combat Alzheimer's
SEATTLE — Bill Gates says he's giving $50 million to help fight Alzheimer's disease. The Microsoft co-founder said Monday that the donation to the Dementia Discovery Fund is personal and not through his charitable foundation. The London-based private fund is backed by government, charities and pharmaceutical firms and seeks new treatments for the progressive, irreversible neurological disease. In a statement , Gates says men in his family have suffered from Alzheimer's   Read More ...
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Website helps patients battling with health plans
A website launched this week in Oregon to help consumers in disputes with health plans. The site, MyPatientRight.org, is directed at consumers who are denied coverage, experience delays or are unhappy with decisions by their health insurer. It lists patient rights, such as to see their personal health records and to keep those private. It lists some of the issues patients might face, such as co-insurance costs, high deductibles and adverse tiering, which involves a company putting all medications for a specific condition into the highest cost bracket   Read More ...
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Maine votes to expand Obamacare; governor says no
Maine Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday slammed the brakes on a plan to expand Medicaid in his state, hours after voters overwhelmingly approved broadening the key component of Obamacare. LePage, who on multiple occasions vetoed legislative efforts to expand the low-income health care program, said he won't expand MaineCare until lawmakers fully fund it. The impact of LePage's position was not immediately clear, but a court fight could loom   Read More ...
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Kate Brown changes course, demands $64 million Medicaid repayment
HILLARY BORRUD and JEFF MANNING. Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday directed the state's top health official to seek repayment of $64 million in Medicaid money that the state wrongly sent to health care organizations. The governor sent the letter a day after her likely Republican opponent in the 2018 election, Rep. Knute Buehler of Bend, wrote his own letter calling for the governor to recoup the money   Read More ...
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Obamacare shopping is trickier than ever. Here's a cheat sheet
Health care is complicated. Shopping for an individual health plan just got even more so, with President Donald Trump’s decision last month to block $7 billion in Affordable Care Act subsidies. Known as cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs), these federal funds had helped insurers offset the costs of the discounts they are required to offer to some lower-earning customers to help them pay for deductibles and copays   Read More ...
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Cops seize 3,000 pounds of marijuana grown for five medical patients, police say
Police seized nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana from a Southeast Portland warehouse suspected of illegally processing hundreds of harvested pot plants, authorities said on Monday. The Portland Police Bureau's Drugs and Vice Division began an investigation into the operation taking place on the 6000 block of Southeast 111th Avenue after receiving an anonymous tip, Sgt. Chris Burley, a bureau spokesman, said in a press release   Read More ...
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Knute Buehler calls for independent inquiry into Medicaid overpayments
Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler called on Gov. Kate Brown Monday to appoint an independent lawyer to investigate why Oregon overpaid more than $74 million in Medicaid money to health care organizations. Buehler, who is an orthopedic surgeon and lawmaker from Bend, also called for Brown to recoup the money and publicly release all records of her administration's communications about the overpayments   Read More ...
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Oregon's safest hospitals, ranked
Half of Oregon’s acute-care hospitals earned an A grade on Leapfrog’s fall 2017 Hospital Safety Grade, but several of Portland’s more prominent medical centers aren’t among them. Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, formerly known as Hospital Safety Scores, are given to more than 2,600 general acute-care hospitals across the country twice each year. Using national measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement, Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades produce a single letter grade measuring a “hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors,” according to Leapfrog’s website   Read More ...
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Trump wants to pay for tax cuts by repealing Obamacare individual mandate
WASHINGTON — As Republicans struggle to overhaul the tax code and as the Obamacare health exchanges opened for 2018 enrollment Wednesday, President Trump threw out a suggestion. "Wouldn't it be great to Repeal the very unfair and unpopular Individual Mandate in ObamaCare and use those savings for further Tax Cuts for the Middle Class," Trump tweeted. "The House and Senate should consider ASAP as the process of final approval moves along   Read More ...
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Oregon overpays almost $75 million for Medicaid
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority says the state wrongly paid Oregon health care organizations nearly $75 million in federal Medicaid money from 2014 to 2016. Officials tell The Oregonian/OregonLive the state might have to repay all of it. New chief financial officer Laura Robison says the overpayments occurred because the health agency paid health care organizations it contracted with to serve certain senior Medicaid patients inaccurate, excessively high rates   Read More ...
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Oregon overpays more than $74 million for Medicaid, governor kept in the dark
By Hillary Borrud and Jeff Manning. The financial quagmire at the Oregon Health Authority continues to deepen. On Tuesday, the agency's new chief financial officer, Laura Robison, acknowledged that Oregon wrongly paid Oregon health care organizations roughly $74 million in federal Medicaid money from 2014 to 2016. Top officials at the health authority, including then-director Lynne Saxton, knew about the overpayments for months, including some who learned of it more than a year ago   Read More ...
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2-year-old denied kidney transplant rushed to emergency room
ATLANTA - Two-year-old A.J. Burgess was taken to the emergency room Sunday morning for treatment of a peritonitis infection. A.J. has been waiting for kidney transplant surgery. The boy's father, Anthony Dickerson, is being denied the opportunity to donate his healthy kidney to the boy, despite being a perfect match because Dickerson recently violated his probation. The family's story has spread worldwide since being profiled on 11Alive News earlier this month   Read More ...
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OSU student diagnosed with meningococcal disease
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Health officials say an Oregon State University student on the Corvallis campus has been diagnosed with meningococcal disease. News outlets reported the student fell ill Wednesday. Benton County Environmental Health Director Bill Emminger says the student's health had improved Friday, but he didn't have specifics on the student's condition. The health department is running tests to determine the strain of meningococcal disease   Read More ...
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Amazon said to be eyeing pharmacy business
Alexa might want to be your drugstore, too: Amazon (AMZN) reportedly has obtained pharmacy licenses in a handful of states, hinting at possible plans to disrupt both the drugstore business and the larger healthcare industry. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the e-commerce giant has received wholesale pharmacy licenses in at least 12 states, including Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, and Tennessee   Read More ...
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OSU student diagnosed with meningococcal disease
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Health officials say an Oregon State University student on the Corvallis campus has been diagnosed with meningococcal disease. News outlets reported the student fell ill Wednesday. Benton County Environmental Health Director Bill Emminger says the student's health had improved Friday, but he didn't have specifics on the student's condition. The health department is running tests to determine the strain of meningococcal disease   Read More ...
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Oregon State student treated for meningitis; fourth case in last 12 months
CORVALLIS, Ore. — An Oregon State University student is being treated for meningitis, Benton County officials announced Friday. It marks the fourth case of meningitis at the school in the past year; one student was diagnosed in February and two others were reported in November 2016. Health officials believe only a "limited number" of additional people will need to be tested   Read More ...
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Father quits job to qualify for Medicaid to receive cancer treatment
A San Antonio family says they are caught in a terrible situation because of an illness. The father has cancer and no insurance to cover treatment costs. He says that the only way to save his life is not to work. John Paul Tschirhart did warehouse work for 13 years but rarely made above minimum wage. "While I was working, I couldn't afford medical insurance but I had started a new career and it was going to help me get enough money to provide better for my family and afford medical insurance,” he said   Read More ...
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OSU student diagnosed with meningococcal disease
An Oregon State University student has been diagnosed with meningococcal disease, Benton County Health Department officials said Friday. The student fell ill on Wednesday, said Bill Emminger, the environmental health director for the Benton County Health Department. The student's health had improved Friday, but he did not have specifics on the student's condition. The health department is running tests to determine what strain of meningococcal disease the student has   Read More ...
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Oregon woman says she was misled into double mastectomy, hysterectomy
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 36-year-old Oregon woman has filed a $1.8 million lawsuit against medical professionals who she says mistakenly suggested she undergo a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Monday that Elisha Cooke-Moore’s lawsuit says she underwent the life-altering surgeries after her gynecologist, Dr. William Fitts, determined that genetic blood tests indicated she had a 50 percent chance of getting breast cancer and up to an 80 percent chance of getting uterine cancer   Read More ...
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Lawsuit: Woman had unnecessary mastectomy, hysterectomy based on mistaken diagnosis
A 36-year-old southern Oregon woman underwent a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy based on genetic tests that medical professionals mistakenly said showed she carried cancer-causing genes, she claims in a $1.8 million lawsuit. Elisha Cooke-Moore’s lawsuit says that she had the radical, life-altering surgeries only after her gynecologist, Dr. William Fitts, determined that genetic blood tests indicated she had a 50 percent chance of getting breast cancer and up to an 80 percent chance of getting uterine cancer   Read More ...
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Patient missing from Portland VA hospital
PORTLAND, Ore. – Authorities are looking for a patient who left the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Monday morning. Gerald Beatty, 74, is not a threat to the public but may be confused and endangering his own safety, according to a news release from the VA Portland Health Care System. Beatty was last seen around 8:15 a.m. at the medical center, where he boarded the No   Read More ...
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Oregon health officials concerned about hepatitis A outbreak in California
Multnomah County health officials have their eyes on a hepatitis A epidemic to the south. The liver disease has swept through homeless camps in San Diego, sickening more than 500 people, killing 19 and prompting officials to declare a public health emergency. The virus, which is highly contagious, doesn't appear to have traveled yet to the streets of Portland. There have been eight cases in Multnomah County this year, a few more than average   Read More ...
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McConnell: Trump must provide clarity on health care
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he is ready to move a bipartisan health-care bill but needs President Donald Trump first to clarify that he will sign it. "What I'm waiting is to hear from President Trump what kind of health-care bill he might sign," McConnell said in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think he hasn't made a final decision   Read More ...
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MRIs can help us accept mental illness
As a psychiatrist, I find that one of the hardest parts of my job is telling parents and their children that they are not to blame for their illness. Children with emotional and behavioral problems continue to suffer considerable stigma. Many in the medical community refer to them as “diagnostic and therapeutic orphans.” Unfortunately, for many, access to high-quality mental health care remains elusive   Read More ...
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Louisiana salmonella outbreak sickens hundreds, traced to softball fundraiser
Louisiana's Department of Health officials believe a mass outbreak of salmonella poisoning in Caldwell Parish that sickened hundreds and is suspected in one death can be traced to a jambalaya fundraiser for a softball team. Local and state authorities are trying to determine if the death of Duane Reitzell, 56, is linked to the food poisoning. As of Thursday, 49 cases of a gastrointestinal illness were confirmed with 31 people hospitalized, the Department of Health reported   Read More ...
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Trump-Health Care-Oregon story
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a story Oct. 13 about impacts in Oregon on a halt by President Donald Trump of payments to insurance companies, The Associated Press. , relying on information from the Department of Consumer and Business Services, reported erroneously that insurance companies not offering plans through HealthCare.gov will not be required to change rates. The department now says all health insurance companies offering individual plans will be required to increase 2018 silver metal tier rates by 7   Read More ...
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Chronic pain patients fear opioid crackdown will cost them their medication
“The pain damages the nerves, and where the scar tissue wraps around the spinal cord it’s like sandpaper,” said 53-year-old Karen Begeal, who lives in Vancouver, Wash. “Every time I move, it gets worse. I can look fine to you right now. I can walk in the store for a few minutes but if I’m not leaning on a cart, after just a few minutes I get to where I can hardly stand up   Read More ...
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A silent epidemic of cancer is spreading among men
Jason Mendelsohn had been married for close to 20 years and was happily raising three kids when he noticed the painless lump on his neck while shaving three years ago. Within days, he had been diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer caused by a virus that he probably caught while in college, decades before. Mendelsohn, now 48, is the classic victim of head and neck cancer caused by HPV, the human papillomavirus   Read More ...
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