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Exclusive: PeaceHealth Suspends Heart Valve Replacement Program

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PeaceHealth’s RiverBend hospital in Springfield has indefinitely suspended a minimally invasive heart valve replacement program and is referring patients to other hospitals for the procedure.

Closure Of PeaceHealth Birthing Center Marks Turning Point

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PeaceHealth’s decision to close its RiverBend Nurse Midwifery Birth Center in Springfield and terminate the center’s roughly 20 nurse midwives and other employees illustrates the tenuous position of midwives in the health care system.

Most Oregon Health Insurers Seek Modest Rate Increases

The relatively small number of Oregonians who buy individual or small-group health insurance in the marketplace – as opposed to receiving it from employers or the government – will likely face overall moderate price hikes next year, although some insurance companies want to impose big increases w

In Bid to Squeeze Out Trillium For Medicaid Contract, Moda Says It Has Backing Of Large Medical Groups

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Moda Health has launched a lobbying campaign to draw support from a wide array of health care providers in Lane County in its bid to wrest the county’s $500 million a year Medicaid contract away from Trillium Community Health Plan.

Lawsuit: Atrio Loses $29 Million, Overbills Medicare $31 Million

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A Roseburg-based health insurance company specializing in Medicare coverage in western Oregon has filed a lawsuit against two contractors in a $60 million dollar dispute over lost revenue and overcharges to the federal government.

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 CEO Scored $3.8 Million Payout After Retirement

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Four years ago, the PeaceHealth hospital system lavished praised on Alan Yordy, its longtime top executive, when he announced he would retire in June 2015.

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.

Kaiser Shifts Plans In Lane County

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Oregon’s largest commercial health insurer, Kaiser Permanente, has dropped plans to buy and develop a 20-acre parcel in Eugene, even as Kaiser continues to expand in the South Willamette Valley.

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.

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