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The former chief administrator for St. Charles Health System, Kirk Schueler, served on the site selection committee and university board that approved the purchase, but says he recused himself from any decision regarding the sale of the property, which sits next to two abandoned industrial sites on the west side of Bend.

A group of investors including St. Charles Health System made $3 million profit selling a 10-acre property on the west side of Bend, to be used by the new Oregon State University -- Cascades Campus.

Apr 23 2014
Medicare payments for a single procedure also vary widely across the state, according to a detailed analysis by The Lund Report.

An unprecedented release of Medicare payment data is beginning to shine light on how doctors and other medical professionals are compensated for their work – and The Lund Report has started to join in the examination.

Over time, the newly available data is expected to provide insight into overtreatment, overbilling and disparities in care and costs. But experts are also cautioning the curious to take care when drawing conclusions from the dataset, which was released as a result of legislation jointly championed by senators from opposite sides of the political isle – Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon and Republican Charles Grassley of Iowa.

Apr 17 2014
As the website faltered, Cover Oregon has been ever more reliant on the hard work of community organizations to sign people up. The Interface Network in Salem, which works heavily in the Latino community, has one more open house scheduled for April 19.

The Cover Oregon rollout has been notoriously plagued by a terrible website, but the state has consistently ranked in the middle of the pack compared to other states, and reported 63,000 private enrollments on April 10.

One key reason for this? Community partners, who have taken a more grassroots approach to getting people enrolled. These groups, along with insurance agents, can sit with a consumer face-to-face and guide them through the application process. Agents have been given the ability to enroll people immediately in a subsidized health plan, without waiting for Cover Oregon to take days to process the application.

Northwest Housing Alternatives brings groups of nursing students directly to residents' homes to provide basic preventive care, and connect them with other social services

Barbara Moss has lived at Weidler Commons, a northeast Portland apartment building for low-income seniors, since 2003. A Portland native who moved back after living in San Diego for several years, Moss describes herself as active, taking advantage of nearby TriMet lines to shop, run errands and attend community events. “I'm out and about every day.”

State officials attribute the success to the Healthy Kids program whose numbers grew from 19.4 percent in 2008 to 33.6 percent in 2012.

Since October, Cover Oregon has been toiling through technological hiccups to make sure more Oregonians have affordable and quality health insurance. Behind the scenes, even before the Affordable Care Act became law, efforts to have more children covered by health insurance have been quietly successful, especially in Oregon.

According to a new report, "For Kids' Sake: State-Level Trends in Children's Health Insurance - A State-by-State Analysis," the percentage of uninsured children in the U.S. dropped from 9.7 percent in 2008 to 7.5 percent in 2012. The report, conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health's State Health Access Data Assistance Center and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, also documents recent coverage trends at the state level using data from 2008 through 2012, the most recent year available.

The latest enrollment numbers continue to show that Moda Health is leading the pack, followed by Kaiser and Providence Health Plan, while legislators received an annual report from Cover Oregon, including the status of its finances, enrollment along with conclusions reached by an independent auditor.

Small businesses need not fear – even though Cover Oregon can’t get its SHOP program off the ground, employers can still qualify for a federal tax credit.

The Oregon Nurses Association is going all out to support one of its own in a race for the Oregon House, but a six-way primary has the Democratic Party split on its support to succeed Rep. Jules Bailey in liberal southeast Portland.

Rob Nosse has witnessed first-hand the uplift in the healthcare system over the past decade, observing Oregon’s Medicaid healthcare transformation and now the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

OHSU and PSU are reviewing applications for PhD programs in epidemiology, community health and health systems and policy

Officials at Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University are reviewing applications for three new doctoral programs in public health – and are hoping to create a School of Public Health to administer the growing number of programs in the discipline.

“It's sort of a natural evolution of what has been a highly functional and really rigorous MPH program that we already share,” said Elena Andresen, PhD, an OHSU professor who was instrumental in creating the curriculum for the doctorate in epidemiology.