Transforming End-of-Life Care Through ePOLST Implementation

Blog - January 28, 2016
Amy Vandenbroucke, JD
As of January 1, 2016 the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) finalized regulations that will allow Medicare to reimburse health care professionals for discussing options for end-of-life care with their patients. Prior to 2016 it was clear that health care professionals recognized the importance of discussing what kind of care patients wanted in their last years of life, but they could only be reimbursed under limited circumstances.

10 Tips for Getting Started with Payment Reform

Blog - December 23, 2015
Meredith Roberts Tomasi
Payment reform is a hot topic currently. Everyone is talking about how important altering payment mechanisms is, but progress in implementing payment changes has been slow. In recognition of the lessons we have learned, I’d like to offer 10 tips for getting started with payment reform.

The Eastern Oregon Care Coordination Project

Blog - December 9, 2015
Maggie McLain McDonnell
On October 9th clinicians, staff and patients from four primary care practices in Hermiston and Pendleton joined the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) for a day-long Eastern Oregon Care Coordination (EOCC) summit at the Pendleton Convention Center. Participants identified local care coordination needs and explored best practices for managing referrals, transitions of care and medications in their practices.

An Opportunity to Learn

Blog - November 24, 2015
Natalya Seibel
These past few months, I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be a student intern with the Patient-Centered Primary Care Institute (PCPCI) as a part of completing my master’s degree in Public Administration: Health Administration at Portland State University.

3 Good Things – A Simple Way to Reduce Burnout

Blog - October 26, 2015
Rebekah Bally
Do you or your team experience any of the following in your workplace?: Extreme exhaustion, feeling low, reduced performance, irritability or impatience. These are all signs of burnout and can wreak havoc not only on the well-being of individuals, but entire organizations.

Oregon Center for Nursing: Supporting the Workforce

Blog - October 16, 2015
Jana Bitton
The OCN has been dedicated to providing information about the nursing workforce in Oregon for the past 13 years. We are small, with two staff members, but have a board of directors consisting of 12 nurses from diverse backgrounds who provide us focus and direction. For instance, members of our board include representatives from the Oregon Nurses Association, the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives, and the Oregon State Board of Nursing.