From the Statesman Journal.com
February 19, 2010 -- Salem Health and its Salem Hospital have eliminated at least 43 full-time equivalent positions, and more employees are working shorter weeks.
For the first time in nine years, Salem's largest private employer is facing cutbacks to avoid a budget deficit, but the hospital does not expect to cut any more jobs.
February 24, 2010 -- The recent focus on Anthem Blue Cross in California for excessive rate increases mirrors much of our reporting at The Lund Report about premium increases in Oregon.
Today, WellPoint CEO Angela Braly faced questioning by Congress. And yesterday an LA Times article focused attention on Anthem's financial arrangements with its Wall Street masters. Another Times article documents alleged regulatory violations by California's largest insurer.
February 24, 2010 -- The Oregon Office of Rural Health at Oregon Health & Science University has received a grant from the National Health Service Corp (NHSC) to help primary care providers in rural and underserved urban areas repay their loans.
The NHSC grant provides for repayment of half of the loan; the other half will come from the practice site, a community organization or any non-federal source.
February 24, 2010 -- “Andy’s combination of personal integrity, broad experience in state and local government and his knowledge of people and issues make him an invaluable member of our team”, said Gina Nikkel, Executive Director of the Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs.