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An agreement was struck to allow ambulatory surgery centers to keep patients overnight, while a new state committee would investigate why maternal deaths are so high among African-American women.

This week was the deadline for bills to pass out of their original committees. Several bills are headed to the floor for a full-chamber vote, while others face an additional hurdle.

Feb 16 2018
Although FamilyCare stopped operating as a coordinated care organization on Jan. 31, it is still suing the Oregon Health Authority in state court over rate-setting for Medicaid. Now the Oregon Health Authority’s director has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the nonprofit.

The Oregon Health Authority has sued FamilyCare in federal court, out of apparent concern that the former coordinated care organization’s continuing dispute with the state could jeopardize 2018 Medicaid agreements with Oregon’s 15 surviving CCOs.

Feb 2 2018
A consensus emerged pegging rates to the median from the all-payer, all-claims database, averting confusion when a new law protecting consumers from surprise billing takes effect on March 1.

Physicians and health insurers have struck a deal on the problem of payment for uncontracted providers, pegging reimbursements to the state’s All-Payer, All-Claims database, in a deal that the Senate Health Committee approved on Wednesday.

In a tense, party-line committee vote, Democrats and Republicans accused each other of being unreasonable and unwilling to negotiate.

Rep. Mitch Greenlick shepherded his latest attempt at reform of the coordinated care organizations through the House Health Committee on Wednesday, setting up a probable partisan battle on the House floor.

An infant with a cochlear implant.
Insurers will have to cover children’s cochlear implants in both ears and software upgrades if the bill that passed the House this week also gains Senate approval.

Stefan Roggendorf testified this week before the House Health Committee in a crisp plaid shirt. He’s 11 years old, a 6th grader at Lake Oswego Junior High School, a straight-A student and a lacrosse player.

The House of Representatives voted on party lines to ask voters to amend the constitution to add healthcare to the state bill of rights.

The Oregon House has voted 35-25 to refer a constitutional amendment to the voters this Nov. 6 that would acknowledge a right to affordable healthcare.

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The spokesman for the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems said member hospitals are already giving notice to patients about financial assistance in paying medical bills, but Rep. Mitch Greenlick wanted uniform standards across the state hospital system.

The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems has derailed a legislative attempt to make its members streamline their charity care services and provide a common form describing how to qualify for financial assistance for medical care across all hospitals.

A separate bill to require health insurers to be more transparent about costs and formularies for consumers did not pass. Drugmakers, who helped spur the opioid crisis, are now profiting off the epidemic by jacking up the price of overdose treatment Naloxone.

The House Health Committee cleared the drug manufacturer transparency bill on a 8-2 vote, with Republicans Rep. Knute Buehler of Bend and Rep. Rich Vial of Wilsonville joining the Democrats in the effort to force drug companies to explain the escalating rise in drug prices.

Red-shirted citizen activists of Health Care for All Oregon packed the hearing room in a special evening meeting of the House Health Committee to lend support to Rep. Mitch Greenlick’s ballot push to declare healthcare a fundamental right for Oregonians.

As she testified Wednesday night, Carolanne Fry said it should’ve been her mother’s 53rd birthday. Instead, it was the third anniversary of her funeral, her life cut short of cancer, a condition she only learned of a few months before her death.

Oregon’s former governor has opted out of the search for the next president of the state’s leading research hospital.

Former Governor John Kitzhaber made it quite clear when he called David Yaden, who’s heading the presidential search committee at Oregon Health & Science University.

Finally bowing to months of public pressure, the longtime health policy leader resigned his state Senate seat, effective March 15, after four female lawmakers, along with female lobbyists and staff members, accused him of unwanted touching.

Roseburg’s Republican Sen. Jeff Kruse is out.

The 2018 legislation is modest compared to the problem at hand, but a work group will meet after the session to recommend stronger proposals.

Oregon's House Health Committee unanimously passed Gov.

Currently, people lose their Oregon Health Plan coverage when they enter the state mental hospital and must wait to have their insurance reinstated upon discharge. A change in law could provide a boost to CCOs, since they can’t be billed for care received in the state hospital.

Oregon State Hospital officials have a new strategy for ensuring patients do not have to worry about their health insurance when they leave -- never cutting off their Medicaid coverage in the first place.

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A scaled back version of a 2017 bill that sought to cap drug costs will instead follow a route successful in California, requiring drug manufacturers to explain big price increases

Rep. Rob Nosse, D-Portland, has found bipartisan, bicameral support for legislation to improve the price transparency for pharmaceuticals, giving momentum to passage that eluded advocates last year.

Sen. Alan DeBoer will be a new face on two key committees as the Legislature convenes this month. In an interview with The Lund Report, he added his support to programs for children with disabilities, which face cuts.

The Oregon State Capitol will have a new face for the 2018 session in its health policy circles, as Ashland Republican Sen. Alan DeBoer steps into the void on two key committees.

The week before the state Legislature convenes for a short session, agency leaders and elected officials say now is the time to start planning for a $1.5 billion Medicaid funding gap the state will face in two years.

No matter what happens in Washington, D.C., Oregon is pushing health reform forward, leaders of state agencies and health-focused legislators told a crowd of more than 250 people who gathered Tuesday morning for the Oregon Health Forum’s panel discussion on Challenges Facing Our Healthcare System

In the next few years, 20 percent of physicians plan on retiring and other health professionals will face shortages

Oregon Health Forum takes a serious look at the work force shortages facing the healthcare industry hosting a panel of legislators, hospital leaders and academicians on Thursday, March 22.