The Lund Report

In its first detailed disclosure on executive pay, nonprofit Blue Shield of California said Chief Executive Paul Markovich made $3.5 million last year – a 40 percent increase since he to

May 27 2016
Once the Unity Center opens later this year, people in crisis will have a calmer, more patient-focused option for care – possibly starting with a ride in an ambulance rather than a police car.

Describing a friend in crisis who spent more than 40 hours without care in an emergency room waiting for an inpatient psychiatric bed to open, Jason Renaud, founder of the Mental Health Association of Portland, says the system has “lost trust.” Renaud moderated an Oregon Health Forum event Wednes

May 27 2016
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Scott Armstrong, its president, earned $2.6 million last year, while Mark Ganz, president of Cambia Health Solutions was very close behind at $2.5 million.

Nationwide, health insurance executives command million dollar salaries, but the same holds true in the Pacific Northwest where there’s no shortage of highly paid CEOs.

May 27 2016
Harold Miller, President and CEO of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, will be our keynote speaker on June 24 and be joined by a panel of experts.

How can we create a high-value healthcare system that purchasers, providers and patients can all support? That’s the focus of Oregon Health Forum’s breakfast on June 24 at the Multnomah Athletic Club. The event gets underway at 6:45 a.m., and runs until 9:15.

May 27 2016
The Home Care Choice Program was fully launched this month, to offer seniors and their families an alternative to private home care agencies, which assist them with basic needs and allow them to stay in their home. The program utilizes the workers from the Medicaid program, but costs are to be borne entirely out of user fees. The Oregon Health Care Association, which would compete with the program, argues the program bills seniors below costs and will not be self-sustaining as promised.

The Oregon Health Care Association has called for the Oregon Home Care Commission to suspend its program offering home care services to private payers, arguing that the little-utilized program has no way of covering its costs, and taxpayers will be left bailing it out.

May 27 2016
Our July 13 breakfast forum will take on the Medicare for All Plan advocated by Sanders and also consider a counter approach that looks at our current healthcare system in Oregon.

With the Democratic National Convention just two months away, what’s likely to happen to the Medicare for All Plan advocated by Bernie Sanders? Will healthcare reform remain in the forefront of national and state policy discussions?

May 25 2016
Union-backed group passes 88,184 needed to qualify for vote

The union-backed Our Oregon has surpassed the threshold for signatures required to place a corporate sales tax measure on November’s ballot.

May 25 2016

A broad proposal by Medicare to change the way it pays for some drugs has drawn intense reaction and lobbying, with much of the debate centering on whether the plan gives t

May 25 2016

Amid a raging opioid epidemic, many doctors and families in the U.S. have been pleading for better treatment alternatives.

May 25 2016
Harold Miller, President and CEO of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, will keynote the June 24 event.

What are the potential cost impacts to employers, physicians and other stakeholders by changing our healthcare payment system?

May 25 2016

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