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During the same time, charity care reached its lowest level since 2008.

Oregon hospitals appear to be more profitable than ever, with their margins rising, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, while charity care keeps plummeting.

The latest preliminary data from 2015 obtained by The Lund Report doesn’t surprise many onlookers. 

May 4 2016
Hospital financial review finds charity care continues to drop, revenue after expenses up 58.4 percent to $114.5 million.

After years of scrutiny for the high salaries it pays top executives – and its more recent pattern of offering large compensation packages to former bigwigs while offering little compensation to rank-and-file workers when their jobs are cut – this week workers at PeaceHealth had cause for celebration.

Apr 27 2016
Community health partnerships will increase coordination and support for housing among the most vulnerable Medicaid members. The state will continue to cap growth at 3.4 percent a year, with one big exception: the skyrocketing cost of high-cost prescription medications. The state will also seek additional funding to boost behavioral health coordination.

The proposal for renewing Oregon’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program waiver includes a significant emphasis on supportive housing for beneficiaries.

In the small universe that is health insurance, 2017 may turn out to be pretty nice for the men and women who predict how much insurers have to pay out in claims.

“Actuaries across the country will be able to sleep better at night for 2017,” John Bertko, chief actuary for Covered California, said.

And be sure not to miss all the new jobs from PeaceHealth, The Native American Youth and Family Center, Oregon Public Health Institute, Central City Concern, and PH Tech.

If your company wants to reach a national audience to find the most qualified employees, you’ve come to the right place. Jobs posted on Health Hires now reach more than 10 million job seekers through the employment listing aggregator Jobs2Careers.com – the nation’s #2 ranked job board.

Our next forum takes place May 25 at the Multnomah Athletic Club

Portland’s overcrowded emergency rooms have become a place of last resort for psychiatric patients. Psychiatric boarding, defined as psychiatric patients’ waiting in hallways or other emergency room areas for inpatient beds, is a serious problem nationwide.

After playing mostly defense during Oregon’s 2016 legislative session to stop tobacco industry efforts to prevent communities from enacting their own efforts to curb tobacco use, the committee now is watching California’s efforts to raise taxes on tobacco and e-cigarettes.

David Hopkins of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is “optimistic” that California’s tobacco tax on the November ballot will be successful because the last attempt, in 2012, only narrowly failed. California’s tobacco tax now is just half the national average.

Health insurance companies submitted rate requests to the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation on May 2. The division must review and approve any rates before they can be charged to policyholders. 

At some hospitals, posters on the wall in the emergency department list the drugs that are in short supply or unavailable, along with recommended alternatives.

The federal government paid bonuses to 231 hospitals with subpar quality because their patients tend to be less expensive for Medicare, new research shows.

When it comes to hospitals, which benefit most from high health care prices? It may sound counter-intuitive, but a group of not-for-profit hospitals appear to be among those doing the best business.

Every day, headlines detail the casualties of the nation’s surge in heroin and prescription painkiller abuse: the funerals, the broken families and the patients cycling in and out of treatment. Now, a new study sheds light on another repercussion

She was the only psychiatrist on the panel

OPINION -- The U.S. Senate Finance Committee (on which Senator Ron Wyden serves as the ranking member) held a hearing on the state of mental health care in America last Thursday, at which Oregon’s own Maggie Bennington-Davis, MD (who graduated from OHSU’s medical school and psychiatry residency program and went on to work at Salem Hospital, then was chief medical officer at Cascadia BH services before becoming CMO at HealthShare, the largest CCO in Oregon) was one of the four notable persons invited to testify before the committee.

The hospital chain has also agreed to raise salaries for cooks, cleaners and nursing assistants.

Much of the financial growth at PeaceHealth seems to be because of a continuing drop in uncompensated care, which has been falling for years across the U.S. due to expanded insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

More layoffs are expected at PeaceHealth which is struggling financially under Beth O’Brien’s leadership.

PeaceHealth has tapped Ron Saxton as interim executive vice president and general counsel. He’s now in charge of government and public affairs at the Catholic health chain.

OHSU, Salem Health, Tuality Health Alliance, Adventist Health System and CO-OP develop plan to share accountability for the cost, quality and service to CO-OP members

Oregon's Health CO-OP has signed a letter of intent to develop a new population health partnership with OHSU, Salem Health, Tuality Health and Adventist Health System.