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Quest Announces Purchase of PeaceHealth Labs

At the same time, Providence is still planning to sell its laboratory services to the Laboratory Corporation of America.

Quest Diagnostics announced today that it will purchase PeaceHealth’s outreach laboratory, a story that was first reported in The Lund Report last week.

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.

DC Experts Discuss Federal Healthcare Reform

Oregon Health Forum delves into this topic at its March 22 breakfast.

With all the consternation about the future of the Affordable Care Act by the Trump administration, how will the commercial insurance marketplace be impacted?

That’s the topic of the March 22 breakfast forum which will be held at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., followed by a panel discussion.

Moda Health Responds to Complaints about Payment Delays

Mental health professionals insist the insurer is holding up payments.

Mental health practitioners insist that Moda Health is holding up their claim payments, at times for up to 90 days, to make sure people haven’t canceled their insurance policy.

If that’s true, Moda would be in violation of the state’s prompt payment law requiring insurers to pay claims within 30 days.

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