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Oregon Hospital Profitability Climbs by 146.2 Percent

During the same time period, charity care declined by 29.1 percent, according to financial reports released by the Oregon Health Authority

The profitability of Oregon hospitals has exceeded all expectations, with charity care reaching rock bottom, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

Earlier this week, the Oregon Health Authority released the latest figures comparing data from fiscal 2014 and 2015 that show:

Bernie Sanders Health Plan Takes Center Stage

Student discount tickets are available for this upcoming breakfast forum sponsored by Oregon Health Forum.

What could happen if our country adopted the Medicare for All Health Plan advocated by Bernie Sanders? Would we still have out-of-control costs for hospital procedures and specialty drugs? Would our healthcare system actually improve?

Breakfast Forum Focuses on Opioid Epidemic

We’ll also be looking at how to support the healthcare needs of people with persistent and chronic pain.

The opioid epidemic has garnered everyone’s attention with public officials, policymakers, providers and payers trying to wrestle with this difficult dilemma.

PacificSource Legacy Merger Approved by Insurance Commissioner

The proposed acquisition is expected to infuse $247.5 million in new capital

Oregon’s Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali has approved a merger between PacificSource Health Plan and Legacy Health that could dramatically shake up the marketplace – with the hospital system and insurer expected to take on the heavy hitters – Providence Health & Services and Kaiser Permanente – who have an integrated healthcare system and can control not only the cost and quality of healthcare from the ground up – but also have a stronghold among physicians.

Is A Single Payer Health Plan The Solution?

On July 13, Oregon Health Forum takes a deep dive into the Medicare for All Plan advocated by Bernie Sanders that’s likely to be discussed at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

We’re just a few weeks away from the Democratic National Convention, and Bernie Sanders may no longer be in the running, but his presence will certainly be heard.


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