Diane Lund-Muzikant and Jen Kruse

Uncompensated Care at Oregon hospitals Reached $9.4 Billion From 2005-2013

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The Lund Report conducted an extensive evaluation of all hospitals in the state, analyzing their charity care, bad debt and uncompensated care for each of the nine years, and also compared their overall uncompensated care with total revenue during the same time period.

The explosion of newcomers gaining health insurance since June 2013 will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the amount of charity care and bad debt at Oregon’s hospitals.

Oregon Hospitals Outperform in Second Quarter

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Preliminary documents obtained by The Lund Report indicate that Oregon’s DRG hospitals increased their total margin compared to the first quarter of this year, while charity care figures remained relatively low. In the first quarter, Peace Health Sacred Health Riverbend walked away with the highest margins.

Oregon hospitals appeared to be in a much stronger financial position when the second quarter ended June 30, according to preliminary confidential documents obtained by The Lund Report.

OHSU, Legacy Hospitals Hit the Hardest with Medicare Penalties for Readmissions

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In all, 18 Oregon hospitals face penalties of $1.9 million next year for sending Medicare patients home too early, while across the nation 2,610 hospitals faced a similar wrath.

Oregon hospitals haven’t escaped the wrath of Medicare penalties by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for having too many patients return within a month.

Novartis and Bristol-Myers-Squibb Give Millions to Oregon Hospitals, Doctors

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The national data compiled by CMS from 2013 found that Oregon’s physicians and teaching hospitals were paid $9.65 million dollars from 348 pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers.

Which physicians and teaching hospitals in Oregon received the most money from drug and device manufacturers in 2013?

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