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Deschutes County Commissioner Tammy Baney has been heavily involved in a regional effort to reduce costs and in-efficiencies in the local system. She says they studied the data and found that a small number of people are overusing the system. For example some people are going to the emergency room as many as 62 times a year, more than once a week. "We started coming together and deciding to start pooling our dollars because we have the same cachment area; St. Charles, and so we can actually identify those folks who 82% are on the Oregon Health Plan, and so they have insurance we're already paying for it. They're in our emergency rooms so we're paying for it twice.” A new Senate Bill paves the way for a regional health care reform initiative, and Central Oregon is the pilot program. Baney says once those "frequent flyers" were identified, they focused on getting them into the care they needed and better comprehensive services so they wouldn't keep using the emergency rooms for non-emergency needs. This effort started about two years ago. And if the idea works it may be launched statewide.

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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