Medicine http://nwpr.org en 'Good Doctor' Puts Past Medical Practices Under An Ethical Microscope http://nwpr.org/post/good-doctor-puts-past-medical-practices-under-ethical-microscope Dr. Barron Lerner is a doctor and the son of a doctor. He grew up thinking his father was a wonderful, gifted and caring physician, which he was. Tue, 13 May 2014 21:49:00 +0000 editor 45863 at http://nwpr.org 'Good Doctor' Puts Past Medical Practices Under An Ethical Microscope Midwives Say Idaho Licensing Law Has Brought The Practice Out Of The Shadows http://nwpr.org/post/midwives-say-idaho-licensing-law-has-brought-practice-out-shadows <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/021414JR_IdahoMidwifery_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Idaho started licensing midwives in 2010 under the Midwifery Practice Act so midwives could deliver babies in homes and at birthing centers legally.&#160;<p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 01:24:40 +0000 Jessica Robinson 41499 at http://nwpr.org Midwives Say Idaho Licensing Law Has Brought The Practice Out Of The Shadows OHSU Asks Oregon Lawmakers For Major Cancer Research Funding http://nwpr.org/post/ohsu-asks-oregon-lawmakers-major-cancer-research-funding <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/021414CL_cancergrant_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Officials at Oregon's largest medical center want state lawmakers to help fund a massive expansion of their cancer research facility.<p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 01:02:07 +0000 Chris Lehman 41498 at http://nwpr.org OHSU Asks Oregon Lawmakers For Major Cancer Research Funding Practicing 'Extreme Medicine,' From Deep Sea To Outer Space http://nwpr.org/post/practicing-extreme-medicine-deep-sea-outer-space Dr. Kevin Fong works on "the edges" of medicine — researching how humans survive extremes of heat, cold, trauma, outer space and deep sea. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:28:00 +0000 editor 41292 at http://nwpr.org Practicing 'Extreme Medicine,' From Deep Sea To Outer Space Faith Healing Exemption Gets Scrutiny In Washington Legislature http://nwpr.org/post/faith-healing-exemption-gets-scrutiny-washington-legislature <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/020614AJ_FaithExemption_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Christian Scientists who treat their sick children with faith healing, instead of medical care, have special protection under Washington law. But that could soon change.<p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 01:03:01 +0000 Austin Jenkins 41073 at http://nwpr.org Community Health Workers Aim To Save Oregon Money And Improve Care http://nwpr.org/post/community-health-workers-aim-save-oregon-money-and-improve-care <p>Health care eats up a lot of money. The aim of the Affordable Care Act is to help reduce the cost and increase access.</p><p>In Oregon, the state has embarked on an ambitious journey to improve health outcomes while trimming expenses. It’s being done through CCOs or Coordinated Care Organizations. One aspect is the use of community health workers, who visit patients in their homes to try and prevent costly trips to the emergency room.</p><p>KLCC’s Angela Kellner introduces us to one Springfield woman who now thinks of her community health worker as a son. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:45:53 +0000 Angela Kellner 23093 at http://nwpr.org Newtown Shooting Raises Questions About Mental Health Funding http://nwpr.org/post/newtown-shooting-raises-questions-about-mental-health-funding <p>Little information is available yet to conclude whether the shooter in Newtown, Connecticut was diagnosed with or treated for mental illness. But last week’s incident has raised questions around the country about mental health--specifically, funding for mental health treatment and services. Ruby de Luna looks at how Washington’s mental health services have fared over the years. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 14:18:30 +0000 Ruby de Luna 20092 at http://nwpr.org Medicare Docks Pay To Hospitals With Excessive Readmissions http://nwpr.org/post/medicare-docks-pay-hospitals-excessive-readmissions <p>About one out of five Medicare patients returns to the hospital within a month after being discharged. Those readmissions are often preventable. As Ruby de Luna reports, starting in October, Medicare will penalize hospitals with high readmission rates.</p><p>The new policy is part of the national health care law to reduce hospital readmissions. The goal is to reduce cost and improve patient care.</p><p>Dr. Nancy Fisher is Chief Medical Officer with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, for Region 10. She says three-quarters of these readmissions are preventable.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:01:36 +0000 Ruby de Luna 15868 at http://nwpr.org Medicare Docks Pay To Hospitals With Excessive Readmissions Phone And Video Could Save Medical Interpreter Costs In Wash. http://nwpr.org/post/phone-and-video-could-save-medical-interpreter-costs-wash <p>It happens more than 200,000 times a year in doctor&rsquo;s offices throughout Washington. An interpreter is called in to help bridge a language barrier between the physician and patient. Soon though, that interpreter may join the appointment by phone or even video. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins explains. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:04:05 +0000 Austin Jenkins 12522 at http://nwpr.org University of Oregon Student Dies of Meningitis http://nwpr.org/post/university-oregon-student-dies-meningitis <p>Health officials say it&#39;s unlikely those who had casual contact with a University of Oregon student who died Friday are at risk of contracting bacterial meningitis. The disease is believed to have caused the death of 21-year old Lillian Pagenstecher. KLCC&#39;s Rachael McDonald reports. Tue, 15 May 2012 13:11:37 +0000 Rachael McDonald 8330 at http://nwpr.org