Kristian Foden-Vencil

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College Rape Case Shows A Key Limit To Medical Privacy Law

Monday, March 09, 2015

A woman who is suing the University of Oregon for mishandling her rape case could have her own medical records used against her in court. Yes, that's legal.


Many Of Oregon's Coastal Schools, Hospitals And Fire Stations At Tsunami Risk

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The buildings are in the tsunami zone, meaning they'd likely be washed away in the event of a massive earthquake and tsunami. Seismologists say there's a 37 percent chance of a major quake along the West Coast in the next fifty years — the kind of quake that hit Japan in 2011.


In Oregon, Medicaid Now Covers Transgender Medical Care

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Oregon Health Plan just started covering the cost of reassignment surgery and hormone therapy for transgender people. Oregon joins a handful of states that provide such coverage through Medicaid.

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High-Profile Case Brings New Attention To Oregon's Assisted Suicide Law

Monday, November 03, 2014

Over the weekend, Brittany Maynard used Oregon's Death with Dignity law to end her own life. Since Oregon's law first passed in 1994, hundreds have used it to prevent suffering at the ends of life.


In The Hospital, A Bad Translation Can Destroy A Life

Monday, October 27, 2014

When patient and doctor don't speak the same language, it's not enough to have an ad hoc interpreter. You need an adult fluent in both languages — who can also cut through medical jargon.

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Pharmaceutical Companies Accuse Hospitals Of Misusing Discounts

Monday, June 23, 2014

Drugmakers offer medicines at a bargain price to hospitals that treat large numbers of poor patients. Hospitals sometimes resell the drugs at full price and make hefty profits.


Digital Detox, Step 1: Step Away From The Phone

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer vacation season has people thinking about how to sign off and escape from the Internet. Is it possible? All Things Considered wants to know about your attempt at a digital detox.


Giving Up On Its Obamacare Exchange No Cure For Oregon's Ills

Sunday, April 27, 2014

High hopes dashed, Oregon is the first state to abandon having its own health insurance marketplace. Now it has to figure out how to transition to HealthCare.gov.


Wave Of Newly Insured Patients Strains Oregon Health Plan

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Cheryl Stumph and her family haven't had health insurance for years. Now that they do, they plan to take make up for lost time. Pent-up demand for care is overwhelming an Oregon health plan.


Oregon's State Exchange May Be Worse Than HealthCare.gov

Monday, November 04, 2013

Oregon's health exchange has yet to enroll a single person. Problems with Cover Oregon's website have reduced the state to asking people to submit paper applications for insurance coverage. Then the state has to send them back a form saying how much that insurance will cost. Then a person would send it back to actually enroll.


How Oregon Is Getting 'Frequent Fliers' Out Of The ER

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Oregon is trying to reduce health costs by encouraging people who get routine care in hospital emergency rooms to go to doctors' offices instead. Cutting out even a few hospital visits can save a lot of money.


Oregon's Math Problem: How To Measure Health?

Friday, April 26, 2013

How hard can it be to measure the health of a population? Oregon is finding out it's difficult to decide even what to track. But the state received almost $2 billion in federal funds to improve the health of its residents and to cut costs. The state faces substantial fines if it can't prove it has done the job.


Law Says Insurers Should Pay For Breast Pumps, But Which Ones?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Health insurers are obligated to cover pumps to help moms breast-feed. But there is a variety of equipment. Some nursing mothers prefer faster, electric models that cost more. Insurers may say a less expensive manual pump would do just fine.