November 4, 2009 -- With health reform dominating the headlines, everyone’s poised on keeping costs under control. Dr. Chuck Kilo, CEO of Greenfield Health, knows one of the major culprits -- non-profit hospitals in Oregon. They’re making significant amounts of money, and are extremely profitable.
This is the first story in a five-part series on the shortage of primary care in Oregon.
November 4, 2009 -- The dwindling shortage of primary care physicians threatens to haunt the Oregon Health Plan when 115,000 newcomers enter the fold early next year.
November 4, 2009 --- Unless medical costs drop by 2.6 percent next year, the Public Employees Benefit Board may be forced to dip into its reserves.
November 4, 2009 -- The Columbia Health District Board of Directors voted unanimously Oct. 28 to ask the state for an informal hearing on the proposed denial of the application to build a small 12-bed hospital in St. Helens.
The deadline for submitting the letter of request was Nov. 2. The hearing will be set within 15 days, unless there is a request for an extension.
October 27, 2009 -- The public option debated in Congress won’t gain any traction with Oregon’s insurance executives who keep comparing the proposal to traditional Medicare, claiming it’s a broken system in need of serious repair.
October 27, 2009 -- How long will the health care reform debate drag on? The Hill newspaper says “deep into December and possibly beyond by a lengthy floor debate.”
If that seems like a long time, consider that the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act has been pending since 1999.
Last week hearings were held in the U.S. House of Representatives to move that legislation forward. Again.