The Lund Report

As of the end of September, Oregon has collected more than $40 million in taxes on recreational marijuana, according to the latest figures from the state Department of Revenue.

Pot retailers began collecting a 25 percent tax on recreational marijuana sales starting in January.

Oct 20 2016

Will Medicaid expansion save the country money as people stop using expensive emergency rooms for primary care?

Not in the first years, said a study published Wednesday online in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Oct 20 2016

Rate hikes are likely on the way for plans offered on the health law’s online exchanges, or marketplaces. Consumers’ out-of-pocket costs are expected to climb, and some major insurers are pulling out.

Oct 20 2016
PEBB’s insurers -- All-Care, Kaiser, Moda and Providence -- will be judged according to a formula similar to the state Medicaid program, which will ensure that they are doing proper screenings and management of chronic diseases as well as steering members through primary care homes rather than emergency departments.

Health plans that insure members of the Public Employee Benefit Board will have to take some responsibility for improving health outcomes next year, as the board moves to implement quality metrics similar to those used by the coordinated care organizations.

Oct 20 2016
A 0.3 percent rise in Social Security is lower than the likely rise in Medicare premiums. While most seniors cannot see a rise in Medicare higher than their Social Security increase, 30 percent of recipients will see their Medicare premiums rise as much as 22 percent. The state may need to put up an additional $77 million to cover the Medicare increase for “dual eligibles” -- seniors poor enough to qualify for Medicaid, which picks up the cost of their Medicare premium.

A measly increase in Social Security benefits could trigger a spike in Medicare Part B premiums that will hurt both senior citizens and the state’s budget if Congress doesn’t step in to fix it.

Oct 20 2016
Check out all our new jobs from CareOregon Inc, Bridgeway Recovery Services, Oregon Law Center, Samaritan Health Services, and Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.

The Children's Health Alliance “is a dynamic and innovative not-for-profit association of private practice pediatricians throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area.

Oct 20 2016
What does this mean for health systems that assume risk for the health of their populations?

In today’s America, people live in two distinctly different worlds. Dr. Garth Graham, President of the Aetna Foundation, points out that “life expectancy in New Orleans can vary as much as 25 years between neighborhoods just a few miles apart.”

Oct 19 2016
He intends to step down on November 30

Willamette Valley Community Health's Executive Director and CEO William Guest has given notice that he will step down from that role effective November 30, 2016. Mr. Guest has served as WVCH's CEO since his hiring in 2014, and WVCH is grateful for the role he has played in establishing WVCH's systems and operations

Oct 17 2016
He would increase spending by just $40 million year for the combined budgets of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services, apparently relying on the federal government increasing its investment in Medicaid by $400 million a year, which would backfill the costs of the program.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dr. Bud Pierce released an outline of his budget priorities on Wednesday, promising to include money for the Medicaid expansion, but showing a human services budget that grows unrealistically at just 1.6 percent.

Oct 14 2016
The exchange plans to draw down its surplus to come in line with statutory caps on the reserve, but has flexibility to reduce spending in later years, much of that tied to technology projects that will have ended.

Oregon’s health insurance exchange still expects to remain sustainable, even as it projects a $3.5 million deficit in 2018 and a $3.3 million deficit in 2019, according to administrator Berri Leslie.

“This is a purposeful downward trend,” Leslie explained.

Oct 14 2016