October 23, 2009 -- In a followup to a story we posted last week about a proposed new 12-bed hospital in St. Helens, the state has issued a deciding 'no.'
The following comes from a press release issued by Grant Higginson, Office of Community Health and Health Planning within the Department of Human Services.
October 21, 2009 -- The American Federation of Teachers is maintaining its grip on the 3,000 nurses and health professionals who work for Kaiser Permanente and Providence Milwaukie Hospital following a four-month investigation.
October 20, 2009 -- Sen. Ron Wyden picked up the pressure for his Free Choice Amendment and a strong public option in an appearance today on the Ed Schultz national radio program.
October 20, 2009 -- Richard Harris’ statement regarding the lack of efficiencies and the focus on acute care of private hospitals such as the new Cedar Hills private psychiatric hospital appears to be without merit.
Originally at StatesmanJournal.com October 19, 2009 -- Salem Hospital, the city's biggest private employer, is grappling with a streak of losses for the first time in years and considering significant cuts that could include layoffs, officials said.
Administrators expect the deficit trend to continue and are planning to reduce expenses by $9 million over the next year. The hospital's budget in 2008 was $463 million.
October 15, 2009 -- Jared Short, president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, announced today the insurer would drop its lawsuit against the Public Employees Benefit Board for terminating its contract for the next two years.
The enrollment loss of some 100,000 members representing $30 million in revenue comes after Regence has insured state employees for more than 20 years. Up until September, Regence had lawyers arguing in court to block PEBB's ruling.
October 15, 2009 -- Unlike its competitors, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield is asking seniors to pay much higher premiums for their Medicare Advantage plans next year, according to filings submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.