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As FamilyCare considered whether to continue operating in 2018, The Lund Report looked 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
One of two Medicaid providers in the Portland-metro area, the nonprofit disputed its reimbursement rates for years and blames an inability to agree with state officials for its demise.

Oregon’s second largest coordinated care organization told its 300 employees Friday morning that most will be out of a job by Jan. 1 of the coming year.

Five years ago, Companion DX Reference Lab hoped to cash in on cutting-edge genetic tests paid for by Medicare.

When President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, it came with a regulatory change intended to make it easier for people to get care. The declaration allows for doctors to prescribe addiction medicine virtually, without ever seeing the patient in person.

The Oregon Health Authority is pushing back release of a public health assessment on airborne hazards in the vicinity of the southeast Portland production headquarters of Bullseye Glass.

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Eighty people who were homeless in Multnomah County died in 2016, according to a report released Thursday.

That's similar to the number of deaths of homeless people the county recorded in 2015: 88, the highest number since the record-keeping began.  

Jacqueline Dingfelder and Claudia Power

Co-Chairs Cleaner Air Oregon, Rulemaking Advisory Committee

Dear Co-Chairs Dingfelder and Power,

Rep. Greg Walden said Tuesday that he will insist that CHIP funding is attached to the continuing resolution that will keep the entire government opened after Dec. 22.

Oregon has found a way to borrow $35 million from its Medicaid program to cover 120,000 children and 1,700 pregnant immigrant women who are covered through the Children’s Health Insurance Program, allowing them to maintain coverage through April despite the ongoing failure of Congress to reauthor

Both sides on the statewide referendum on healthcare taxes say they support funding the Oregon Health Plan, but as they debated they revealed fundamentally different priorities.

Opponents and supporters of Measure 101, the referendum on Oregon’s expanded healthcare taxes that goes to the voters in January, argued opposing sides to two apparently different debates on Wednesday morning at the Oregon Health Forum’s deep dive intto the topic.

Consumers that have a 2017 plan that will not be offered in 2018 will be automatically moved to a different plan if they don’t actively select a new one, but if they don’t like that plan or still haven’t decided on the right one, they will be given a special enrollment period through February to pick.

This year’s open enrollment for Obamacare is going down to the wire, with the chance to sign up on ending at the end of the night Friday.

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.

I am the managing physician of two addiction recovery clinics in Portland that serve about 800 Oregonians at any given time.

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.

Journalism has shed hundreds of thousands of jobs in less than a generation, and our state has been particularly battered by this trend. But our in-depth stories prove that investigative reporting can still make a difference.

In this era of “fake news,” it’s harder than ever to get in-depth insight into people, businesses companies and government groups that shape our lives. In 2000, the year I graduated from college and started my journalism career, newspapers employed 423,000 people, many in local communities.

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.

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.