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The Lund Report Announced the Sale of PeaceHealth Labs to Quest Diagnostics

You can count on us to deliver the latest news about Oregon’s healthcare industry.

The Lund Report has been at the top of its game recently. Not only did we break the news about the sale of PeaceHealth Labs to Quest Diagnostics, but we were also the first to publish an article about Providence Health & Services selling its laboratory services to a national player, LabCorp, earlier this week.

Federal Health Reform Takes Center Stage

Oregon Health Forum is bringing executives from Washington DC to discuss what’s likely to happen at the federal level with healthcare reform.

While turmoil continues in Washington DC over the future of the Affordable Care Act, insurers are preparing their rates for the individual and small employer market to meet the May deadline required by the Oregon Insurance Division.

Oregon Health Forum is bringing a panel of experts together on March 22 to probe what might happen at the federal level that could impact the business community.

Conference Explores Aging in Rural Oregon

The event, which is being held in Hood River, is sponsored by the Office of Rural Health.

The challenges faced by an aging population in rural communities takes center stage at a conference scheduled for April 20-21.

Sponsored by the Office of Rural Health, the goal is to bring people together to learn from one another about creative innovative ideas, said Scott Ekblad. Often, there are barriers to access in rural areas such as the lack of transportation and a shortage of providers which place a heavy burden on caregivers and families.

Psychologists Take Issue with Insurers over Reimbursement

The Oregon Psychological Association is trying to resolve the problem amicably

Psychologists find themselves at odds with insurance companies over reimbursement, and, for the first time, the Oregon Psychological Association is taking a pro-active stance.

“It’s getting more and more difficult to get reimbursed when people have serious mental health issues,” Shana Koslofsky, PhD, president of the Oregon Psychological Association, told The Lund Report. 

PAML Announces Sale to LabCorp

Meanwhile employees are still in the dark over potential layoffs.

Laboratory Corporation of America is preparing to purchase Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories, a story that was first reported in The Lund Report. The announcement comes one week after Quest Diagnostics announced it was scooping up PeaceHealth Labs based in Springfield. 

At an employee meeting called Thursday afternoon, PAML officials provided little information other than to say the sale was pending, according to people who contacted The Lund Report following that meeting.

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.

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