Christian Wihtol

Kaiser Boosts Link Between Health Care Providers, Social Service Agencies

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Kaiser Permanente is launching a program in the Northwest as part of a ramp-up of its effort to help patients with such things as housing, food, transportation and domestic violence problems, factors that can have a big influence on patients’ health.

PeaceHealth Names New ZoomCare CEO

Six months after buying health care clinic chain ZoomCare, PeaceHealth has installed one of its own executives as CEO of the business, which has rapid-service clinics in the Portland and Seattle metro areas.

Union Thrust Among Health Care Workers Extends Beyond Hospitals

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In recent years, thousands of Oregon health care workers at hospitals and other medical centers have opted to unionize, seeking to protect staffing levels and working conditions and win higher pay.

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.

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