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Department of Human Services
1575 Sherman St 2Nd Floor
The Department of Human Services provides housing and community services so that people and families can participate in work, education and their community. Working with our partners we help people in crisis get their lives back on track. We provide suppo...
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Tina Kitchin, Medical Director
Tina Kitchin, M.D., F.A.A.P.
In her current role, Tina is the chief medical advisor for DHS in health and medical related policies and procedures.
She also functions as a liaison for Oregon Health Plan and is a clinical consultant to DHS and local government partners surrounding complicated medical issues.
Tina also serves as the agency's Legislative liaison for all health-related issues.
graduated Summae cum laude, B.S., Oregon State University in 1975; Magna cum laude, M.D., Oregon Health Sciences University, 1978; Pediatric Residency
, North Carolina Memorial Hospital
, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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"I don't know how Oregon will successfully do this in this timeframe," Dr. Tina Kitchin, Medical Director of Oregon's Department of Human Services, told the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. Kitchin said the state spent a full year moving its Medicaid population into managed care programs in the 1990s, but under the current rules, will only have several weeks to make the coming transition.
A key problem, she
said, is that many of those eligible for both programs will be unable to use the internet or Medicare's
toll-free information lines to figure out which plan will work best for them.
A high proportion of those who will have to make the transition from Medicaid to Medicare drug coverage "have cognitive impairments, ranging from developmental disabilities and psychiatric illnesses to dementia, which not only make these choices almost impossible, but also make those tools irrelevant," she
But Clark and Kitchin
said McClellan's assurances that the new Medicare plans will have to have "transition policies" to protect patients whose Medicaid-covered drugs are not on their approved lists, did not satisfy them.
In Oregon, many managed care plans do more than required, said Kitchin
, but "we also have plans where it's a struggle to get them to do the minimal," and she
expects the same range from Medicare drug plans.
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Tina Kitchin, Medical Director, DHS Seniors and People with Disabilities
Dr. Tina Kitchen is a top ...
Dr. Tina Kitchen is a top DHS medical officer whose job is to review death cases.When The Oregonian asked her about Crawford's death, she said she wouldn't expect most caregivers to behave any differently.
"I don't think a lot of people would recognize that as being blood," Kitchen
said.Workers were found responsible in Crawford's death only because the agency holds providers to a "very high" standard when investigating neglect, she
, on March 18, 2006.But she
and other top officials couldn't agree on how the potentially lifesaving policy should be phrased.
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Dr Tina Kitchin's suggestions for changes in the Medicare Modernization ActDr Tina Kitchin, Medical Director of Oregon Department of Human Services, Seniors and People with Disabilities, presents her suggestions for changes in the Medicare Modernization Act.She
has concerns over the timeframe involved for transition, the types of drugs that are not available under MMA and the assumption that the MMA makes that a patient can work through an appeals process.(1:47)