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Jack Friedman, who stepped down as CEO of Providence Health Plan, said a deal had been in the works to merge with PacificSource earlier this year.

Commercial insurance companies are making high margins on the business side, while healthcare costs are way out of control, according to Jack Friedman, the former CEO of Providence Health Plan.

Jul 29 2015
Health system cuts costs, plans construction, in response to Affordable Care Act pressures.

To look at the most recent financial data about St. Charles, click here.

Jul 29 2015

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation Monday night requiring hospitals across the nation to tell Medicare patients when they receive observation care but have not been admitted to the hospital.

Jul 29 2015
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With uncompensated care down by more than half across Central Oregon chain, profits climb even when revenues dip

The Affordable Care Act appears to be bolstering the bottom line at the four hospitals in Central-Oregon based St. Charles Health System’s network.

Jul 29 2015
The ups and down of their performance provide picture of an evolving industry

How did Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations perform on outcomes and quality in 2014?

The results are in and, while largely positive, the answers are mixed.

Jul 28 2015
T.R. Reid outlined four models of healthcare around the world currently in use in this country.

When T.R. Reid was bureau chief in Japan for The Washington Post, he wondered why healthcare prices were a tenth of what he paid in the U.S. “Japan has the oldest population and the healthiest. Those two shouldn’t go together.”

Jul 28 2015
More dentists in private practice are going to have to make the change to some form of managed care as the future moves more toward the concept of disease prevention and finding ways to avoid expensive restorative procedures, according to the author.

OPINION -- Brush twice a day, floss twice a day and rinse twice a day. That is what we were all taught as children and told by our dentists twice a year.

Jul 28 2015
The job board offered by The Lund Report features new positons at Oregon Integrated Health, ZOOM and FamilyCare.

Employers -- If you’re looking for the most promising candidates for your job offerings -- look no further.

Health Hires attracts more than 36,000 people across Oregon, Southwest Washington and beyond. Even better, job seekers can browse open positions for free.

Jul 28 2015
Kolmer, the former health policy advisor to Governor Kate Brown, is joining forces with Tina Edlund at HMA.

Time for a new chapter – that’s how Sean Kolmer described his decision to resign as Governor Kate Brown’s health policy advisor. He held a similar position under former Governor John Kitzhaber.

Jul 28 2015
Not many incentives for nursing faculty to remain and salaries too low for young nurses.

Oregon’s behavioral health workforce is “critical” to healthcare transformation but the numbers of those licensed last year was inadequate to meet the need for integrating physical and mental health, Oregon’s Healthcare Workforce Committee was told.

Jul 28 2015