Christopher Heun

OHSU requests $77.3 million from state general fund

Operating income fell $10 million during the past six months but still on target to match levels of recent years, according to results presented at board of directors meeting.

When the state legislative assembly convenes Monday for its 2015 session, don’t expect the Oregon Health & Science University to make any waves.

Water births gaining popularity, despite safety debate

Portland couple files $35 million lawsuit against Legacy, claims negligence during 2011 water birth of their son

When Augstine Colebrook, a certified professional midwife, was starting up a new independent clinic, she was surprised to discover that alternative birthing options had gone mainstream.

Equal pay for equal work still eludes independent nurse practitioners

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They say Medicare, CCOs, private insurers all impose unnecessary roadblocks that make it tough for them to run their own businesses.

After 11 years of running her own business as a nurse practitioner and caring for thousands of patients, Teri Bunker fantasizes about a day when she – and all of her counterparts across the country – might refuse to see patients, to draw attention to the discrimination her profession faces.

Transformation 2.0: modernizing public health

Rep. Greenlick to introduce bill to begin decade-long upgrade to Oregon’s public health system. Cash-starved rural counties following different paths to fulfilling those services.

As more and more counties across Oregon contemplate relinquishing their public health responsibilities either to the state or local coordinated care organizations, Rep. Mitch Greenlick plans to introduce a bill next month to begin a decade-long process to modernize the state’s public health system.

CCO’s keep up their balancing act

Latest OHA report on key performance metrics says that growth in spending remains in check as Medicaid rolls climb to nearly 1 million across Oregon. Toughest problems still hard to change.

Oregon’s coordinated care organizations continue to manage a delicate balance: keeping costs down at the same time they are providing coverage to more and more Medicaid patients as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

Veterans Affairs to investigate death in Klamath County

Veteran who served in Korea died in November after waiting for three days for life-saving procedure. “Breakdowns in the system all over the place.”

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is conducting an investigation into the death of a Klamath County man who died last November after waiting for three days for the agency to authorize a procedure that could have saved his life.

The Doctor Will Not See You Now

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Access to care in rural areas remains a concern as high Medicaid enrollment increases the pressure on a limited pool of providers, leading to wait times of two months or more.

This time of year, a popular statistic to track is the number of people who have signed up for private health insurance through the state for 2015: 116,471 and climbing, slightly more than a year ago.

Will Douglas County Pull the Plug on its Public Health Division?

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A decision may come in January, when new county commissioners take office, assuring at least one more chapter in an ongoing saga that began last spring with a surprise announcement.

The county may decide to shut down the agency and turn over public health services to the state, which is what the county commissioners announced would happen back in June, before they changed their minds two months later. But for now, the plans are on hold.

Family Caregivers in Oregon Provide $5 Billion Worth of Care

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To help ease their burden, the state has unveiled a series of free training sessions, called Oregon Care Partners, but the fate of the program beyond June 30 is uncertain.

Oregonians “spend” more than $5 billion annually providing care for loved ones and friends who are elderly, have developmental disabilities or struggle with chronic disease.

Which Oregon Hospital Has the Toughest Time Preventing Infections?

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A CDC database on hospital infections can tell us a lot. What it says about one of the biggest medical systems in the state may be surprising.

What's the safest hospital in Oregon? What about the least safe? And how do we even figure that out?

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