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As FamilyCare considers whether to continue operating in 2018, The Lund Report is looking into the differences between this coordinated care organization and Health Share, the other Medicaid provider that serves the Portland-metro area.

How do Medicaid patients choose between Portland’s two coordinated care organizations, Health Share and FamilyCare? Often they don’t.

Dec 8 2017
The Bend-based four hospital chain saw margins climb in 2016, but in 2017 it is making cuts as its financial outlook grows less secure.

As Bend-based St. Charles Health makes cuts in response to budget shortfalls, the nonprofit has continued its rare-in-Oregon practice of paying board members for the advice they offer.

Nov 29 2017
Democrats hope to channel anger among left-leaning voters to support Obamacare at the ballot box while Republicans hope concerns over mismanagement at the Oregon Health Authority causes voters to reject a set of taxes on hospital claims and insurance premiums.

The Yes on Measure 101 campaign rallied its troops this weekend in Eugene and Portland, braving the cold and rain to canvass thousands of homes to support the Oregon Health Plan.

Portland’s second-largest Medicaid provider says it cannot afford current reimbursement rates, while its larger competitor, HealthShare, said it is prepared to take on new members if necessary.

Responding to a report calling the Oregon Health Authority’s Medicaid reimbursement rates “actuarially sound,” the state’s second-largest coordinated care organization warned this week that it may cease operation by the end of the year.

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U.S. health spending rose to $3.3 trillion in 2016, but the pace slowed compared to the previous two years as demand for drugs, hospital care and physician services weakened, according to a federal study released Wednesday

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Nearly 94 percent of Oregonians have health insurance, according to a report released today by the Oregon Health Authority.

While digging into employment trends within Oregon’s hospitals, I noticed an odd discrepancy between the median wage and the average wage for hospital workers.

Linda Radach has had six hip replacement operations since 2006, three on each side. Osteoarthritis was the reason she needed surgery in the first place, but replacing her hips in some ways only worsened her troubles.

The news comes amidst the audit by the Secretary of State’s office showing $88 million in avoidable expenses

Leslie Clement, the interim chief of the Oregon Health Authority’s health services division, is leaving the agency.She plans to retire on Dec. 29.

Consumers who have not qualified for critical health insurance subsidies to get an affordable plan may be able to get a subsidized plan if they sock money away in a health savings account or a traditional IRA.

Health insurance enrollment on the marketplace slowed in Oregon over the Thanksgiving holiday, mirroring the trend nationally.

In the campaign for governor, Rep. Knute Buehler has outraised the sitting governor slightly for the year, reporting contributions of $2 million to Kate Brown’s $1.9 million. But she’s burnt through $1.2 million while he has limited expenses to $550,000.

Pharmaceutical companies are coming through for Gov. Kate Brown in the money race for next year’s governor’s election, with seven companies led by Pfizer contributing $1,000 apiece or more.

The state’s leading unions and several top healthcare companies, including Legacy Health and PacificSource, are out-raising opponents of Measure 101.

The healthcare industry is cutting the big checks in support of a ballot measure that would impose taxes on themselves -- highlighting the irony of the vote on Measure 101 this January.

Oregon is outpacing other states, with nearly 43,000 signups on, out of 2.3 million across the country. But to match last year, Oregon needs to double its enrollment by Dec. 15, while the nation must triple its own.

Midway through the open enrollment period for the individual health insurance market, Oregon is off to a hot start, but with only three weeks left till the normal window to sign up for 2018 closes on Dec. 15, the state may still fall short of 2017 enrollment.

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The state has tried to work proactively with counties to get them to stop warehousing people in the state mental hospital when they are too sick to stand trial. This population, which has doubled in the past five years, sits at 190 after peaking last winter at 243.

The number of people sent to the state hospital pending criminal trials has declined from its alarming peak in 2016, but this population is still too high.

Oregon Health Forum holds a debate on Ballot Measure 101 on Dec. 13, bringing together the proponents and opponents.

Oregon voters will decide on Jan. 23 whether to overturn $320 million in healthcare assessments intended to balance the state’s Medicaid budget.That vote takes place just two weeks prior to legislators convening in Salem again.

Meanwhile, Medicare may owe Oregon money for healthcare that CCOs covered for low-income elderly adults who were misclassified by the state, possibly narrowing the reported $74 million overpayment that Oregon received.

Oregon’s children won’t lose their health insurance because of Congressional incompetence -- at least this year, anyway.

Adventist Health Portland and OHSU announced a final agreement to integrate their clinical activities and services in the Portland metropolitan area through an affiliation that becomes effective Jan. 1, 2018.