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Pharmaceutical companies and drug manufacturers promote treatments, pay for travel, wine-and-dine physicians, and offer grants and speaker fees, with 9,652 medical professionals in Oregon receiving some form of gift or payment since mid-2013

Since mid-2013, pharmaceutical and medical device companies have spent more than $42.8 million to entertain, feed, train, pamper and even directly pay doctors in Oregon, according to a massive dataset that investigative journalists at nonprofit ProPublica compiled and made available to The Lund Report

Feb 17 2017
Data analysis also shows discrepancies by race and gender, with black CCO members visiting the emergency department more often than members of other races, and women visiting more often than men

Oregon’s effort to overhaul its healthcare system – with coordinated care organizations leading the charge – is beginning to show results, according to an assessment of CCOs and other Oregon Health Authority data that was submitted to the Legislature when makers convened in Salem.

Feb 8 2017
Q Corp’s Cost of Care methodology has progressed from a pilot to national study, revealing Oregon’s resource use for healthcare services is low but has some of the highest prices – 17 percentage above average - compared to four other states. Q Corp is now working on Cost of Care for the Medicare Fee For Service populations, with the Medicaid segment soon to follow.

A method to assess Cost of Care for commercially insured Oregonians has been successfully tested and implemented with Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation (Q Corp).

Feb 2 2017
But in the memo sent to his employees, Dr. Francisco Velazquez didn’t deny the company is being acquired by LabCorp.

In a move characteristic of President Trump to keep whistleblowers from talking to the media, the president and CEO of PAML may be following his lead.

Media reports, including The Lund Report, have been acknowledging that LabCorp is getting ready to announce the purchase of Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories, while employees are scurrying around, trying to learn whether their jobs are in jeopardy.

Bend lawmaker/doctor Rep. Knute Buehler tells an OHSU-PSU School of Public Health forum that opioid abuse is the “biggest man-made epidemic in history.” He plans to float anti-opioid measures that have no fiscal impact during this legislative session.

Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, an orthopedic surgeon, hopes to introduce a prescription drug take-back program funded by the pharmaceutical industry during this legislative session. Among his concerns -- young people who first encounter prescription drugs leftover in medicine cabinets.

Representatives of the Oregon National Guard support changing the culture of the military and putting tobacco out of reach for younger guard members, but Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, canceled a committee vote on SB 754 on Thursday. Sen. Peter Courtney’s longstanding reliance on tobacco cash for political campaigns casts doubts on the Democrats’ commitment to the legislation.

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, canceled a vote on Senate Bill 754, which would raise Oregon’s legal age for tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21, telling The Lund Report the bill would return to the agenda “when she had 16 votes.”

House Bill 2388 will strengthen the existing regulation of pharmacy benefit managers by giving the Department of Consumer & Business Services the ability to investigate complaints and cancel a company’s registration if the PBM commits fraud or fails to pay civil penalties.

Pharmacists appear poised to add significant teeth to the state law regulating pharmacy benefit managers, persuading the Legislature to make the first changes to the law since it was enacted in 2013.

At the same time, Providence is still planning to sell its laboratory services to the Laboratory Corporation of America.

Quest Diagnostics announced today that it will purchase PeaceHealth’s outreach laboratory, a story that was first reported in The Lund Report last week.

Tickets are going fast for the Feb. 22 breakfast sponsored by Oregon Health Forum.

Lynne Saxton headed to Washington DC this week to meet with Oregon’s Congressional delegation, highlighting the importance of keeping the Affordable Care Act alive so Oregon can continue its experiment to transform healthcare.

Check out our latest postings from Samaritan Health, Sports Medicine Oregon, Columbia River Community Health Services, Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, Hope Orthopedics of Oregon, NAMI Multnomah, Bridgeway Recovery Services, and KEPRO.

The Oregon Pediatric Society is the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the leading child health advocacy and pediatric medical professional organization.

Oregon Health Forum delves into this topic at its March 22 breakfast.

With all the consternation about the future of the Affordable Care Act by the Trump administration, how will the commercial insurance marketplace be impacted?

That’s the topic of the March 22 breakfast forum which will be held at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., followed by a panel discussion.

The organization reacted to a story that appeared in The Lund Report on balanced billing.

In the article, “Insurance Commissioner Tackles Surprise Balance Billing for Consumers,” we first acknowledge and applaud the Oregon legislature’s serious efforts to protect consumers from balance billing for emergency and surprise bills.

Physicians and insurers agree that a consumer shouldn’t be punished financially for mistakenly going outside a health plan network, but the two sides are at loggerheads over setting a fair payment for health services provided out of network.

Insurers, physicians, and consumer advocates all agree: surprise bills are a big problem.

Consumers are making numerous complaints about attempting to utilize their health plans’ networks, only to find some providers and services at Oregon hospitals are not actually in their network.

Opponents of aid-in-dying laws are claiming a small victory. They won the attention of Congress this week in their battle to stop a growing movement that allows terminally ill patients to get doctors’ prescriptions to end their lives.

Low-wage workers with job-based health insurance were significantly more likely than their higher-income colleagues to wind up in the emergency department or be admitted to the hospital, in particular for conditions that with good primary care shouldn’t result in hospitalization

End-of-life counseling sessions, once decried by some conservative Republicans as “death panels,” gained steam among Medicare patients in 2016, the first year doctors could charge the federal program for the service.

At the same time, Congressman Greg Walden is dealing with a caucus that’s eager to enact such legislation.

The future of the Affordable Care Act took center stage earlier today when the Portland Business Alliance brought together a panel of health policy experts who agreed that nothing is likely to change very soon because of the political wrangling in Washington DC.

The announcement was revealed on his Linked In page.

A leading health insurance executive is stepping down. Andrew McCulloch, president of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan of the Northwest, plans to retire in July, informing his employees last Friday and, at the same time, posting an announcement on Linked In.