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In financial reports for January through September 2014, all Oregon coordinated care organizations report profits; FamilyCare realizes the highest profit.

Coordinated care organizations born out of the Affordable Care Act to provide healthcare to Medicaid recipients in Oregon spent $2.06 billion caring for the poor in the first nine months of 2014, according to the most recent available figures filed by the 14 CCOs that have filed standardized fina

Mar 19 2015
In bizarre twist, PeaceHealth Medical Group comes back to the negotiating table, announces new hires and changes to management of the physicians, who say they are severely understaffed, overworked, and frustrated.

After nearly a year of conflict between hospitalists and the administration at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, which physicians there believe has led to unsafe conditions that endangered patient lives, the administration announced a new management structure last week, along with an inten

Mar 17 2015
Two bills, sponsored by SEIU Local 49 and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, could lead to a frank discussion of hospital costs for the very first time.

The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and SEIU Local 49 go head to head tomorrow in a hearing before the Senate Health Committee on cost transparency.

At issue is what consumers deserve to know about hospital costs, and both sides are armed with strong lobbying power.

Many patients see a naturopath as their primary care provider and clinics such as ZoomCare use them interchangeably with nurse practitioners. But a quarter of the insurance companies charge special copayments for naturopaths or don’t allow them to bill for preventive services.

The Legislature may be stepping in to settle a dispute between health insurance companies and naturopathic physicians, who argue that the companies are misclassifying many of their providers as speciality care and subjecting patients to hire out-of-pocket fees.

The 42-16 vote in favor of HB 2541 came over the objections of the Red Cross and Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer that there’s no evidence that blood drives with nurses are always safer than those without one.

The House approved a bill Monday that will require a nurse or physician at all blood drives with just a few exceptions.

Women who are eligible for state medical assistance because they are pregnant are not covered by the coordinated care organizations, leaving them with benefits but no speciality providers to take them. This leaves them unable to get access to dentists who can fix painful root canals or other procedures more complicated than what a primary care dentist can offer.

Oregon has some of the most generous health benefits for pregnant women, borne of the policy decision that ensuring a healthy start for new citizens will be one of the best investments steering a child toward a healthy, productive life.

Hospital Uncompensated Care – Uncompensated care is the unreimbursed cost of the care provided by hospitals to people who are uninsured or underinsured. Hospitals provided over $50 billion in uncompensated care in 2013.

The Alliance has teamed up with the local YWCA to offer members a comprehensive health assessment, weekly group fitness classes and nutritional and motivational workshops.

Affecting real change in health status and spending resources requires more than access to affordable care or a making certain everyone has a primary care physician.

The grant, which coincides with our six year anniversary, gives The Lund Report the opportunity to expand its horizon and provide you, our readers, with the most timely and critical information about Oregon’s healthcare industry as the system evolves to become more transparent and accountable.

As we embark on our sixth year of providing you – our faithful readers – with the most important and timely information about Oregon’s healthcare industry, we’re extremely excited to announce a $50,000 challenge grant.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced the launch of a multi-state market conduct examination of Washington-based Premera Blue Cross (Premera) today.

According to the latest survey by U.S. News & World Report, seven of the top ten jobs are in healthcare.

What defines a “good” job? The answer varies from person to person. Most of us agree that decent salary and benefits would be on the list. Maybe we want to be challenged to do our best work, without being pushed to a breaking point.

Disabilities activist Joseph Lowe has appealed to the Legislature to require the Oregon Health Authority to provide the equipment people need to move around in their communities -- not just their homes -- so that others won’t have to fight for their right to participate as he did. Even as CCOs show a 9 percent profit margin, people with disabilities are being denied the wheelchairs and scooters they need to leave the house.

Joseph Lowe has been in a wheelchair since he was five years old, but he never had any persistent back pain until recently, when the state refused to pay for the durable medical equipment that his doctor prescribed to meet his needs.