Diane Lund-Muzikant

A.M. Best Takes Various Rating Actions on Cambia Health Solutions, Inc. Affiliates

A Cambia spokesman said the negative outlook by A.M. Best reflected business challenges that are being broadly felt by the healthcare industry.

Three of the health plans administered by Regence – in Utah, Oregon and Washington experienced underwriting losses that exceeded $260 million since 2011, which led A.M. Best – an insurance rating service – to give Regence a negative rating.

Oregon Hospitals Receive $6.3 Million from Medicare Billing Disputes

All told, 22 Oregon hospitals received payments, with Providence hospitals receiving the largest amount, $2 million.

Oregon hospitals benefitted from the recent announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services which paid out nearly $1.5 billion to more than a third of U.S. hospitals to resolve longstanding Medicare billing disputes.

Duane Francis Announces His Retirement

He joined Mid-Columbia Medical Center in 1984 as controller.

Duane Francis, CEO and president of Mid-Columbia Medical Center, in The Dalles has announced his retirement, and expects to step down in late October. Francis, who joined Mid-Columbia in 1984 as its controller, has held the top position since 2002.

OHSU President and Moda CEO Having Friendly Discussions

In emails obtained by The Lund Report, the two leaders mention talking to their collective board membership, but spokespeople from OHSU and Moda insist nothing is imminent.

Could OHSU and Moda be moving toward an equity arrangement? In emails obtained by The Lund Report under the Freedom of Information Act, Dr. Joe Robertson, president of OHSU, and Robert Gootee, CEO of Moda Health, could be headed in that direction.

Dean Mark Richardson in Critical Condition

He was injured over the weekend, and his prognosis is uncertain.

Dr. Mark Richardson, dean of OHSU School of Medicine, was critically injured while doing a home repair, and is receiving intensive care at a metro-area hospital; his prognosis is uncertain.

High Ranking PeaceHealth Executive Steps Down

The last financial reports show that the St. John’s Medical Center has serious financial problems.

Another high-level executive at Peace Health has handed in his resignation. Kirk Raboin, chief administrative officer at the St. John Medical Center in Longview, Wash., steps down on Friday after a 36-year career.

What’s Being Done to Combat Opioid Addiction?

A panel of experts delves into this critical issue at our August 24 breakfast forum. You can also watch the event on Livestream, a video live streaming platform, and naturopaths who attend this event can receive 1.5 CE hours.

If you’re interested in learning the most updated information about ways to combat the opioid epidemic, you won’t want to miss our August 24 breakfast forum being held at the National University of Natural Medicine.

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