Chris Gray

PeaceHealth Labor Units Push Back on Outsourcing and Longer Hours

Doctors, nurses and other staff picketed last week as part of an ongoing dispute with the Sacred Heart hospitals in Eugene and Springfield. Negotiations continue later this month.

 

PeaceHealth hospital staff in Eugene and Springfield are locked in a labor dispute with the administration over long hours, staff cuts and the use of contract providers.

OSPIRG Criticizes Providence’s Double-Digit Rate Hike for 2019

The consumer watchdog argues that Providence’s trepidations about federal policy changes are unjustified and inflation trends are higher than its competitors. Providence sells almost half of all individual health policies in Oregon.

A prominent consumer advocacy group has issued another scathing analysis of Providence Health Plan’s proposed individual health insurance rates calling them far too h

Hospitals Offset Drug Costs for People with High-Deductible Health Plans

Project Access Now has expanded the scope of its Pharmacy Bridge program beyond uninsured people. Oregon hospitals contributed $400,000 to fund the program for the fiscal year ending next week.

Before Obamacare, many non-profit organizations were focused primarily on assisting the large number of uninsured people with healthcare needs, including prescription

Eugene Candidate Wants CCOs to Offer a Public Option

Marty Wilde, the executive director of the Lane County Medical Society, hopes to bring his experience in the healthcare field to the Capitol. He is favored to replace Rep. Phil Barnhart, the longest-serving Democrat in the Oregon House.

Fresh off his close victory in a Eugene state representative primary, Marty Wilde abounds with energy and enthusiasm.

State Seeks to Learn from Mistakes for New PEBB/OEBB Director

Veteran staffer Ali Hassoun took over June 1 as interim administrator of the Oregon Educators Benefit Board and the Public Employee Benefit Board.

The joint administrator for the Public Employee Benefit Board and the Oregon Educators Benefit Board, Kathy Loretz, has stepped down and state officials say they are

Oregon Opioid Treatment Access Ranks Near the National Bottom

The number of overdose deaths have declined in Oregon, bucking the national trend. Prescription opioid use is down a quarter since 2013, and the number of queries to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program have increased.

The Oregon Medical Association has released a report in conjunction with its national umbrella organization, detailing steps doctors have made to move way from prescr

Disability Service Providers Want to Guide Electronic Tracking Implementation

A new federal law requires Medicaid service providers to clock in and out to track time and location when they serve clients. The policy is intended to prevent fraud but it’s causing privacy concerns in other states.

In the twilight of the Obama era in December 2016, Congress passed the sweeping “21st Century Cures Act,” which pumped $6.3 billion into medical research and expedite

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