David Rosenfeld

State Over Billed The Feds for Family Planning

The Lund Report
The state refunds the federal government $1.7 million with another $3 million under review

February 22, 2011 -- A federal audit recently found the Oregon Health Authority improperly claimed $1.7 million in federal reimbursement for a program that offers family planning services to low-income Oregonians

A routine audit by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services found the state had not properly verified the income or social security numbers of enrollees to an expanded Medicaid program known as Oregon Contraceptive Care also called the Family Planning Expansion Project

Ambulatory Surgery Centers Seek Relevance While Lagging in Transparency

The Lund Report
Oregon’s outpatient surgery centers are behind other healthcare organizations in reporting medical errors and infections

January 27, 2012 -- Oregon ambulatory surgery centers want to be an integral part of any newly formed Coordinated Care Organization. But some question just how transparent the 86 freestanding outpatient centers in the state are when it comes to reporting quality.

Decision on Regence Rate Increase Still Weeks Away

The Lund Report
Several Oregon health insurers posted lower premium rate increases than previously expected
June 30, 2011 – State regulators at the Oregon Insurance Division plan to take an additional few weeks to consider the proposed 22.1 percent average annual increase on Regence BlueCross BlueShield individual health plans.
 

Oregon House Passes OHP Transformation

The Lund Report
A nearly unanimous vote moves one of the legislature’s most important bills to the Senate

June 27, 2011 – The Oregon House of Representatives passed sweeping reforms to the Oregon Health Plan today by a vote of 59-to-1.

Chronic Pain Patients Face Medical Marijuana Trouble

The Lund Report
Very few doctors are willing to allow opioids and marijuana together

June 17, 2011 – Christine Mullins was diagnosed two years ago with fibromyalgia, a condition causing complete body-wide pain. The only way she’s found relief has been a regular dose of Oxycontin, an opioid prescribed by her doctor.

Hospital Profit Margins Slightly Down in 2010

The Lund Report
Close to 20 executives associated with Oregon hospitals earn more than $1 million per year
June 10, 2011 – Oregon hospitals finished the year 2010 with a slightly lower profit margin than in 2009 due to increased uncompensated care and further shortfalls in Medicare and Medicaid, according to Kevin Earls, senior vice president of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Oregon Hospitals Reduce Infection Rates

The Lund Report
Fewer central line blood steam infections at OHSU largely brought down average, consumer rep quetions outcome
June 9, 2011 – Oregon hospitals reported overall lower rates of healthcare acquired infections last year as a result of a statewide effort and a public reporting system now in its third year.
 

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