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Pathology Lab CEO Tells Employees Not to Talk to the Media

But in the memo sent to his employees, Dr. Francisco Velazquez didn’t deny the company is being acquired by LabCorp.

In a move characteristic of President Trump to keep whistleblowers from talking to the media, the president and CEO of PAML may be following his lead.

Media reports, including The Lund Report, have been acknowledging that LabCorp is getting ready to announce the purchase of Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories, while employees are scurrying around, trying to learn whether their jobs are in jeopardy.

Kaiser Top Executive Steps Down

The announcement was revealed on his Linked In page.

A leading health insurance executive is stepping down. Andrew McCulloch, president of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan of the Northwest, plans to retire in July, informing his employees last Friday and, at the same time, posting an announcement on Linked In.

Corvallis Clinic Ends Relationship with Oncologist

It’s becoming too expensive to keep oncologists as part of an independent multi-specialty medical clinic.

Independent medical clinics face a more difficult time keeping oncologists on board because of declining drug revenue and the higher salaries earned by oncologists.

Healthcare Leaders Don’t Anticipate Repeal of the ACA Anytime Soon

At the same time, Congressman Greg Walden is dealing with a caucus that’s eager to enact such legislation.

The future of the Affordable Care Act took center stage earlier today when the Portland Business Alliance brought together a panel of health policy experts who agreed that nothing is likely to change very soon because of the political wrangling in Washington DC.

CCO Breakfast Forum Highlights Saxton’s Washington DC Trip

Tickets are going fast for the Feb. 22 breakfast sponsored by Oregon Health Forum.

Lynne Saxton headed to Washington DC this week to meet with Oregon’s Congressional delegation, highlighting the importance of keeping the Affordable Care Act alive so Oregon can continue its experiment to transform healthcare.

Sale of PeaceHealth Labs Imminent

Providence Health is also expected to announce the sale of Pathology Associates Medical Lab shortly.

Despite efforts by PeaceHealth to discredit an earlier story on the sale of its clinical laboratories to Quest Diagnostics by telling employees it’s a rumor, The Lund Report has verified that the sale will, in fact, take place with a formal announcement anticipated next Wednesday, Feb. 15. Upper management has also scheduled an employee meeting that day.

Around 500 employees who work at PeaceHealth Labs in Springfield could potentially lose their jobs, with the majority of layoffs occurring before the end of April, according to confidential sources.

Retention Bonuses for Mental Health Providers Called into Question

Cascade Health Alliance is offering providers a $20,000 bonus.

Mental health providers in Klamath County are being offered $20,000 retention bonuses by their coordinated care organization to remain in the area for three years.

Cascade Health Alliance, a for-profit CCO, made the offer late last year. It’s unknown how many providers signed the promissory note that included the terms of the offer. 

Advantage Dental Makes Inroads in Portland Area

Its presence is being boosted by television ads and social media.

Oregon’s largest dental Medicaid provider has teamed up with Legacy Health and its partner PacificSource Health Plans to expand its network.

The ultimate goal – help people lead healthier lives by controlling healthcare costs. “It’s a well-known fact that people who have healthy mouths cost our health system less,” said Mike Shirtcliff, president and CEO of Advantage Dental.

PeaceHealth Labs to be Acquired by Quest Diagnostics

The deal is expected to be formally announced next week.

Quest Diagnostics, a Fortune 500 company with headquarters in Madison, New Jersey, is purchasing PeaceHealth Labs for an undisclosed amount of money.

Confidential sources revealed to The Lund Report that a Quest facility is already being wired for 30 computers likely in Springfield, which will serve as its command center.


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