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Major Restructuring Likely at Providence St. Joseph Health

An announcement is forthcoming, according to confidential sources.

Barely four months ago Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health created a new not-for-profit health and social services system that became the parent organization for more than 100,000 caregivers across seven states known as Providence St, Joseph Health.

Corvallis, Ashland Cast Votes on Universal Healthcare System

Even though the vote is only advisory, advocates are hopeful it will create the incentive to bring about change.

Voters in Corvallis and Albany can cast a vote next Tuesday about whether Oregon should move toward a universal healthcare system.

The outcome is only advisory and doesn’t have the force of law, yet supporters are enthusiastic about its potential impact.

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Hospital Profits Remain Strong, While Charity Care Levels Drop

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Legislators intend to look at the financial status of nonprofit hospitals in 2017, given their heightened financial performance and continued decline in charity care.

The operating margins at Oregon hospitals continued their upward spiral following an analysis of second quarter financial reports obtained by The Lund Report.

William Guest Gives Notice

He intends to step down on November 30

Willamette Valley Community Health's Executive Director and CEO William Guest has given notice that he will step down from that role effective November 30, 2016. Mr. Guest has served as WVCH's CEO since his hiring in 2014, and WVCH is grateful for the role he has played in establishing WVCH's systems and operations

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Waiver Delayed but not in Trouble

Saxton says CMS may offer additional financial support beyond the $1.25 billion request.

Oregon’s federal waiver to keep the Oregon Health Plan alive another five years remains on track, with continued discussions between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, but the waiver won’t be approved by December, despite efforts by the Oregon Health Authority.

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