Christian Wihtol

Trillium Set To Lose Contract With PeaceHealth

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The competitive scramble by health insurance companies for a bigger slice of Oregon’s five-year $5 billion Medicaid spending has turned ugly in a fight in Lane County.

PeaceHealth Lavishes Pay On Execs, Angers Staff But Keeps Profits Flowing

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As a big player in the Northwest’s health care industry, PeaceHealth is hamstrung by a curious liability: It has no commanding presence in the region’s two major and thriving markets in Portland and Seattle.

Dems Push Universal Health Care Plan Without Premiums, Co-Pays, Deductibles

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The Democrat-controlled Oregon Legislature will decide this session whether to plunge into the turbulent waters of a universal, taxpayer-funded health insurance system.

CCO Meetings Now Open, Somewhat; Critics Voice Complaints

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Springfield family nurse practitioner Carol Crocker was irate enough with Lane County’s coordinated care organization, Trillium Community Health Plan, that earlier this month she showed up at 7 a.m.

Need A Hip Replacement? Prices Vary Wildly Among Hospitals

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Need a hip replacement performed at an Oregon hospital? For an inpatient surgery, it could cost you – or your insurer – as much as $42,102 or as little as $29,304 depending on where you go, says a new nationwide report on hip and knee replacements.

Providence, SEIU Clash Over High Exec Pay, Union Push

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An Oregon labor union is embroiled in a dispute with Providence Health & Services over millions of dollars in Providence executive pay while trying to win representation for hundreds of lower-paid workers.

Health Care Jobs On The Upswing

Health-care employment has been burgeoning with the nation’s aging population and greater need for services. Hospital employment nationwide is up 590,000 jobs from 2008 to 2018, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Legislative Task Force Proposes Steps Towards Universal Health Care Coverage

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The group, which has been meeting since January, acknowledged that Oregon is not likely to adopt universal care anytime soon but it pointed towards that goal by offering initial steps.

Creating a “universal” state-run health care insurance system in Oregon is a monumental task and it’s unclear whether a majority of Oregonians even favor such a radical change, but a legislative work group this week offered some baby steps for the 2019 Legislature to consider.

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