The CareOregon SPIRIT - A newsletter for and by the employees of CareOregon

Martin TaylorThe 2009 Oregon Legislature
A Historic Session for
Health Care Reform

The 2009 Legislature was the most significant on health care issues since the creation of the Oregon Health Plan in 1989.

As a result of the work of many lawmakers, state agency experts and health care advocates two landmark pieces of legislation will forever change health care in Oregon. 

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The Reinvention of
Provider Services

Some changes coming soon to the ProviderServices Team include transitioning into a collaborative team model to improve interactions with our internal and external customers, and to allow growth opportunities for our staff.

Our goal is not just to have a relationship with our provider partners, but a true alliance.  This lofty goal will not be attainable if it just involves Provider Services, but will take a concerted effort from CareOregon as an organization, which I personally feel happening and it is very exciting." - James Schroeder
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Say Hello to Jim Carlough

"It's all about family to me," says our new Provider Services Senior Manager, Jim Carlough. He and his wife, Angie, moved to Portland four years ago with their son and two daughters and eight-year-old family dog, Bandit. It was a welcome move for Angie, a native Oregonian.

As a photographer Jim records
the daily life of his family capturing mostly the small but important moments like his daughter having her braces removed, or recording her school project of watching six ducks develop and hatch from eggs in their home.
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Sarah Wachs and Teresa Boatright teach our first DMS superuser class.Document Management
and Beyond!

Last week CareOregon witnessed a historic event – our first ever Document Management System Training!

On July 1, Training Specialist, Teresa Boatright trained a group of "superusers" from the Utilization Management Unit on the ins and outs of our new Document Management System (DMS). Teresa gave an introduction to the concept of a Document Management System and an overview of the components that make a DMS different from a shared drive like the I-Drive.
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It's easy being green!Green Piece
A Little Update on CareOregon’s Movement Toward Sustainability

Thanks to all of your participation, Earth Day was quite the success. We received ninety-nine pledges from employees, with topics ranging from consistently using canvas shopping bags to planting vegetable gardens, printing double sided, turning off electronics, and bringing in reusable utensils and dishes (36 people pledged this one! *high five!*). Along with the pledges, we received plenty of insightful feedback and suggestions for future endeavors.
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The PoliClub Does Salem

On April 8th, the Political Club went to Salem for Health Care Action Day. Though HB 2009, the bill we originally traveled down for, has since been sliced and diced and amended times over, the purpose remains true. We want health care reform. And we are well on our way with the recent passage of a few key bills, including HB 2009.
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In This Issue
Calendar of Events
Featured Articles
For your information
Healthy Living
Legislative Update
Service Anniversaries
Volunteer Opportunities
What's Cookin'? at CareOregon!
Visit the CareOregon SPIRIT Past Issues Archive

Race For the Cure Portland is Sunday September 20
Mark your calendars!
Please consider joining the CareOregon team.
To register go to
click on Register Now, then join a team.
Our team name is CareOregon

We Can Save Lives
For more information please contact Sharon Hummert.

CareOregon Receives Medical Home Grant

CareOregon, as a ACHP member plan, is the recipient of a four-year, $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth Fund to expand and improve its patient-centered medical home practice model.
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For Your Information - Very useful websites ...
Very Useful Websites

Cereghino Farms
Colette Gregg's family has owned a farm in Gresham for five generations. Cereghino Farms has been in production and has kept the farming tradition alive since the early 1900s.

Colette says, "I'm the oldest of five children. We all grew up playing in the fields, going for tracktor rides and we ate lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. All of us have worked on the farm on and off through out our lives. My son and daughter have worked on the farm as well ... the fifth generation to do so."

Visit the farm the next time you're out and about and tell them Colette sent you!

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