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In mid-March, as Oregon health officials braced for a crush of COVID-19 cases, Gov. Kate Brown ordered hospitals to postpone elective surgeries to ensure adequate bed space and equipment for coronavirus patients.
May 22 2020

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“Some providers have to reuse masks for up to a week at a time, and we have even heard of physicians sterilizing their N95s in a crock pot,” Dr. Chris Strear, president-elect of the Oregon Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians told lawmakers.  “These standards are not safe.”
May 22 2020
Hospitals claim they have enough personal protective equipment but health care workers disagree. Citing unsafe conditions, health care workers in Oregon for weeks have been pushing for greater transparency around how much personal protective equipment hospitals have on hand.
May 22 2020
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Depending on the level of unemployment created by the virus-induced economic crisis, Oregon would need to spend between $75 million and $516 million in state money to cover the additional Medicaid enrollees for the period January 2020-December 2022, according to a new report.
May 25 2020
As a neuro-immunology specialist in Portland, I get a front row seat to witness the devastating effects on COVID-19 on my patients. And no, I don’t mean the effects of the virus on their neurological health.
May 22 2020
The Federal Communication Commission has awarded Legacy Health nearly $370,000 to boost its telemedicine program. The money will pay for equipment in emergency departments where COVID-19 has not infected providers, it said.
May 22 2020
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Oregonians who purchase individual or small-group health insurance plans on the marketplace will see only modest rate increases in 2021, the second straight year cost growth has been held largely in check after years of steep price hikes.
May 20 2020
The suggestion the world will not go back to normal until we have a coronavirus vaccine and everyone has been vaccinated is not based in science. 
May 22 2020
Oregon state agencies are facing a $10.5 billion shortfall as the state grapples with a deep recession from the pandemic that hit the health care industry hard.
May 20 2020
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Patient volumes and accompanying revenues are “beginning to recover” at Oregon Health & Science University, but the institution expects the next 12 to 24 months to be financially lean as a recession grips the region, administrators said in a report to the board.
May 21 2020
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A costly, long-running legal battle between a defunct health insurer and the state of Oregon is returning to court after a recent federal ruling delivered partial wins to both sides.
May 20 2020
If there is a silver lining to the flawed U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic, it is this: The relatively high number of new cases being diagnosed daily — upward of 20,000 — will make it easier to test new vaccines.
May 21 2020
Dr. Esther Choo knows how to deal with disasters.  As an emergency medicine physician and an associate professor at Oregon Health & Science University, her training and that of her colleagues is organized around doing just that.
May 20 2020
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CareOregon and Providence Health & Services have called off their planned merger after their months-long talks deadlocked and amid a groundswell of opposition from local health care advocates and state and county officials.
May 18 2020
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The former marketing director of Moda Health is suing the insurer over allegations of violating Oregon’s Equal Pay Act.
May 19 2020
The state of Oregon is open for business again, but not in the way Gov. Kate Brown hoped.
May 18 2020
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The Oregon Health Authority may freeze new behavioral health programs, remove nearly one-quarter of the beds from Oregon State Hospital and pare back Medicaid services, even as the state reels from the pandemic with thousands of laid-off Oregonians applying for free health coverage under the Oreg
May 11 2020
A longtime employee of Oregon Health & Science University who was planning on retiring this year died last week of COVID-19.
May 18 2020
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Vaccinations rates in children dropped across Oregon over the past two months as families sheltered in place during the pandemic and kept their children out of clinics.
May 18 2020
Read the latest press releases from organizations around the state.
Press Release: Washington County Applies For Phase I Reopening
May 22 2020
Press Release: FamilyCare Health Donating $2 Million Dollars Into Portland And Lebanon Community Organizations
Apr 28 2020