The data reveals an increase in charity care spending that seems to coincide with a decline in Medicaid enrollment last year. But there was wide variation across the state, with some rural hospitals still seeing charity care expenses continue to fall.
Nurses at the 21-bed PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center are seeking higher pay and better security. But negotiations have also revealed frustrations with the Catholic health chain’s approach to administration.
With U.S. law prohibiting the Oregon Health Authority from negotiating directly with drug makers to lower prices, the state is taking a complex multi-front approach, the authority’s chief medical officer told the Oregon Health Policy Board.
The Republican-backed healthcare overhaul that’s working its way through Congress this week would likely force huge spending cuts and leave thousands of people uninsured in Oregon if it’s approved – but many other changes being pushed in the legislation are unlikely to pass the Senate
Though margins are still positive and charity care is far below pre-Affordable Care Act levels, statewide figures for the third quarter of 2016 show that charity care spending is ticking up at hospitals across the state
Bill released Tuesday by Congressional Republicans would eliminate public health efforts, cut funding for state Medicaid programs, eliminate dollars for in-home care for intellectually and developmentally disabled