Courtney Sherwood

Oregon Insurance CEOs: Simplify Affordable Care Act, Don’t Destroy It

Weighing in on the Washington, D.C., “repeal and replace” Obamacare debate, leaders from Kaiser Permanente, Moda Health, Providence, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon, Legacy Health and PacificSource Health Plans say reforms are needed – but express concerns about future of individual insurance options

Uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act is making it hard for insurance leaders to plan and act, former Providence Health Plan CEO Jack Friedman told a crowd of roughly 150 industry insiders.

At Oregon’s Teaching Hospitals, Doctors Accept Millions From Big Pharma, Medical Device Companies

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Dollars for Docs database reveals which hospitals and physicians accept the most, with OHSU doctors taking $3.2 million in cash and $5.1 million in in-kind items and services

Doctors at Oregon teaching hospitals have accepted more than $11 million in cash, gifts and services from pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers since mid-2013, according to a massive dataset The Lund Report is using to shed light on Big Pharma's efforts to influence medical spending.

Dollars for Docs: Database Shows Oregon Doctors Have Accepted $42.8 Million in Gifts, Payments from Industry

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Pharmaceutical companies and drug manufacturers promote treatments, pay for travel, wine-and-dine physicians, and offer grants and speaker fees, with 9,652 medical professionals in Oregon receiving some form of gift or payment since mid-2013

Since mid-2013, pharmaceutical and medical device companies have spent more than $42.8 million to entertain, feed, train, pamper and even directly pay doctors in Oregon, according to a massive dataset that investigative journalists at nonprofit ProPublica compiled and made available to The Lund Report

Quick Look: Report Details Oregon Health Authority Review of CCO Progress Data

CCOs vary in efforts to improve care, hold down costs, and shift to patient-centered primary care model

A new analysis by the Oregon Health Authority also shows CCO members may have very different experiences depending on their race or gender, with black CCO members visiting the emergency department more often than members of other races, and women visiting more often than men

Report Details CCO Progress as Oregon Health Authority Seeks to Improve Care, Limit Spending

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Data analysis also shows discrepancies by race and gender, with black CCO members visiting the emergency department more often than members of other races, and women visiting more often than men

Oregon’s effort to overhaul its healthcare system – with coordinated care organizations leading the charge – is beginning to show results, according to an assessment of CCOs and other Oregon Health Authority data that was submitted to the Legislature when makers convened in Salem.

Quick Look: PeaceHealth Finances, Executive Pay

Nonprofit has paid millions to executives in recent years, but most no longer remain on staff

Piecing together PeaceHealth’s story from public records can be a jumbled process.

Corporate financial statements disclosed to bond regulators show the nonprofit’s bottom line for the year that ended June 30, 2016, as well as the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, which ran July 1 through Sept. 30, 2016. 

Financial Snapshot: PeaceHealth Ends Fiscal Year 2016 With Fiscal Deficit

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The nonprofit paid over $12 million in compensation to 18 executives in 2015, but only four of those leaders remain on staff

Pacific Northwest healthcare giant PeaceHealth ended its 2016 fiscal year with a $115.6 million deficit, but things were looking up in the first quarter of 2017, when assets climbed by $40.05 million, according to an in-depth Lund Report examination of the Vancouver, Washington-based nonprofit’s financial situation.

County Commissioner Dr. Sharon Meieran Discusses Post-Election Priorities

Meieran campaigned on homelessness, addiction and mental health. Now that she’s in office, she’s navigating the nuances of Multnomah County governance

One of Multnomah County’s newest commissioners ran for office on a platform that included improving the community’s safety net, with a focus on healthcare, mental health and homelessness – all drawing on her background as an emergency room physician. 

Oregon Hospital Data Reveals Growing Reliance on Government Payments

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Medicare and Medicaid add up to more than two thirds of hospital charges in the most recent figures, with small coastal hospitals Peace Harbor and Lower Umpqua Hospital most reliant on these programs

Government programs pay a large and growing share of Oregon’s hospital bills, and were billed for two thirds of all medical charges in the first half of 2016, with insurance and individuals billed for only a third of those charges, according to a Lund Report analysis of hospital payment data.

Federal Health Reform Uncertainty Overshadows State Legislative Efforts

At a discussion of Oregon’s 2017 session, panelists showed bipartisan support for expanding access to care, and shared their legislative priorities in face of Oregon’s $1.8 billion budget shortfall

Oregon’s political leaders will head to Salem next week with high hopes and big fears about the future of the state’s ongoing effort to reform and improve its healthcare programs, a bipartisan panel told nearly 400 people Wednesday morning, at an Oregon Health Forum gathering dedicated to the 2017 legislative session.

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