Sequim community members rally at city against addiction-treatment facility | Peninsula Daily News

It’s sad to see such opposition to a possible plan to bring a much needed treatment center for our addicted neighbors on the Olympic Peninsula. The MAT project was not well clarified in this article, which tended to simply focus on public reaction to the project at this meeting. The MAT project itself has been part of an overarching set of money that the Governor and legislature, along with the Congress at the end of the Obama administration, is distributing over a five year period to address opioid addiction. The project includes monies for a three county area, Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam. This money, designed to put a central treatment facility on the Peninsula, is being looked at for Sequim because it is central to both sides of the Peninsula. It makes sense to put it in Sequim, and the Jamestown S’Klallam have offered up their expertise and land to make this possible.

It has nothing to do with the Trump Administration changing the hospital rules that will possibly force the Olympic Medical Center to close it’s facilities in Sequim. Representative Kilmer is working with other House and Senate members to see if they can reverse the ill advised rule from the Trump Administration, that has put our community clinics in Sequim in jeopardy. And while we all say we want to see treatment for the growing opioid and meth addicts that are in our communities, what are you willing to actually support rather than just say no to?

Read the whole story at the PDN:

Staff: Proposal not yet before council, planning commission
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Drug prices in 2019 are surging, with hikes at 5 times inflation – CBS News

It’s interesting timing that Jefferson Healthcare is going into the pharmacy business, just as drug prices are surging. Draw your own conclusions.

So far in 2019, more than 3,400 drugs have boosted their prices, a 17% increase compared with the roughly 2,900 drug price increases at the same time in 2018, according to a new analysis by Rx Savings Solutions, a consultant to health plans and employers.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/drug-prices-in-2019-are-surging-with-hikes-at-5-times-inflation/

Don’t Tell Me When I’m Going to Die – NY Times

Having watched as a number of loved ones have had to make this decision as to hearing a prognosis, this article does a good job of covering issues faced by terminally ill patients. While I accept the author’s idea that “maybe it’s better not to know” my experience has shown that there is a downside to that, which is denial. My late wife was in denial of her death to the detriment of focusing on quality time with her loved ones. It was not good for our son. It also put me, as the caregiver, in the position of not ‘supporting’ her possible recovery. It would have been much better for all of us if she had been more willing to accept that it was unlikely that she would recover, and focus on healing along with preparing to end her life with dignity.

Prognoses are more of an art than a science. Maybe it’s better not to know.

UnitedHealth’s acquisition of DaVita physician group gets FTC approval -Healthcare Dive

Why should this concern us? Well because DaVita is/was the sole provider of dialysis on the west side of the Sound. This puts all our kidney healthcare from a Doctor owned corporation to the largest payer of insurance claims in the world. What could be a downside? Well, remember that the main problem today for patients is getting payers to agree to pay. This drives a huge growing segment of the market, diabetes and the related kidney failure that accompanies it in it’s final stages, into the hands of the people deciding who pays. I can’t tell you how many horror stories I’ve heard of medical providers having to fight over procedures, some life threatening, with mid level clerks on a phone line somewhere, who simply follow guidelines and won’t pay for certain procedures, despite the medical providers insistence. And there is no appeal process.

Do you want some minimal wage desk jockey with no medical training telling you that you can’t have a life saving procedure that your doctor insists is needed? That’s what this merger moves us even closer to. You can bet your bottom dollar that Senator Mitch McConnell will never have to face that kind of choice. We need single payer and it needs to be managed by the government. We cannot continue to rely on for profit businesses to determine what they will pay for when it comes to our health. That used to be and should be your doctors choice.

Read the whole story here:

https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/unitedhealths-acquisition-of-davita-physician-group-gets-ftc-approval/557272/

Jefferson HealthCare’s new dental clinic to have an open house Tuesday

Many of us healthcare activists and others in this town have identified emergency dental needs (previous CHIP efforts highlighted it) and have advocated for creation of this to fill in a huge gap for low income people.

With help from the legislature and guidance from Jefferson Healthcare, it has finally come to fruition.


Jefferson Healthcare is home to the first Rural Health Dental Clinic in Washington State.  The clinic co-located in the Sheridan Medical Office Building which currently houses primary care and behavioral health offers patients dental services integrated with other aspects of health care.  An Open House for the new clinic will be held Tuesday, June 18, 3:30 pm at 915 Sheridan Street, Port Townsend.

The new dental clinic offers hygiene appointments which include comprehensive oral exams, x-rays, periodontal exams and cavity fills.  The clinic’s primary goal is to serve children and adults on Medicaid/Washington State Apple Health; this population often has a difficult time finding local, convenient dental care.  The new clinic will fill that gap by serving an estimated 3,000 children and adults annually in the six-chair office.

Dental care for Medicaid patients and the under and un-insured is one of the most critical health needs in east Jefferson County. Jefferson Healthcare will be the first Rural Health Clinic (RHC) in WA State to offer dental services.  This innovative solution of integrating dental services into primary care clinics operating as RHCs will leverage the recent changes to the WA State Medicaid program which now allow RHCs to bill an encounter rate rather than a fee-for-service rate for dental services.  The changes to the WA State Medicaid program will allow for Jefferson Healthcare to provide dental care to the most vulnerable in the community who often are forced to delay care until they go to the emergency department. “The integration of our new dental clinic with primary care and behavioral health utilizes a whole person care concept.  Our staff is ready to serve the needs of our community, focus on prevention and life-style and offer compassionate care to all of our dental patients,” says Dr. William Catelli, DDS, dental director.

This project has been made possible with support from the Taxpayers of Washington State, Washington State Hospital Association, Washington State Legislators, Washington State Department of Health, the Arcora Foundation, Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation. Jefferson Healthcare acknowledges the Washington State District 24 Legislative Delegation, Representatives Tharinger and Chapman, and Senator Van De Wege, for their vision in identifying the need for dental services in Jefferson County and their support in moving this work forward.

The clinic is currently accepting appointments with the estimated opening date of Monday, June 24.  Appointments can be scheduled by calling 360.344.1005.  For community members seeking more information about financial options for health care please contact the Financial Counselors at Jefferson Healthcare 360.385.2200 ext 2267.

Democrats General Membership Mtg. 6/20

This is a way to talk to the people making the laws down in Olympia and locally for us. There was a great many healthcare bills put through this year. Steve and Mike will be able to discuss them, I’m sure Dave Sullivan is the county commissioner who most closely tracks healthcare issues.
The program portion of the JCD Democrat General Membership meeting on Thursday, June 20, will feature local elected officials.
The title of the June 20th program is State of the County and Legislative Updates, there will be seven presenters:
State Rep. Steve Tharinger
State Rep. Mike Chapman
County Commissioner 2 – Dave Sullivan
Treasurer, Stacy Prada
Assessor, Jeff Chapman
Auditor, Rose Ann Carroll
County Clerk Ruth Gordon

Please come out and support your elected officials and become better informed.

6:00 – 7:00 pm (PROGRAM)
7:00 PM – 8:30pm (BUSINESS MEETING)
620 Tyler St, Port Townsend, WA 98368, USA