Diane Lund-Muzikant

Providence Financials Strong, Hiring Freeze Continues

Providence Newberg
Net income exceeds projections this year by $25 million, but the hospital system remains cautious
June 5, 2009 -- Despite the economic turndown, Providence’s financial position is extremely strong, evidenced by a memo sent to its employees recently by Russ Danielson, chief executive, and Terry Smith, chief operating officer, obtained by The Lund Report.

Provider Tax is Settled for Good

After weeks of anticipation, legislators agree to tax hospitals and insurers

May 28, 2009 -- Uninsured Oregonians can rejoice. Legislative leaders reached agreement on a hospital and health insurance tax to cover 140,000 Oregonians.  Together their dollars will result in $2 billion in federal matching funds over the next four years and create an estimated 3,600 new healthcare jobs.

Providence Takeover Brings Change to Willamette Falls

Physicians will no longer perform tubal ligations unless medically necessary

May 28, 2009 -- A huge pot of money awaits Willamette Falls Hospital when it aligns with Providence Health & Services -- $55 million – for a new patient tower, recruiting physicians and expanding oncology and cardiology services. The hospital’s foundation will also receive a $3.5 million donation. 

Bart McMullan Appeals to PEBB

The Regence president contends it's a better fit than Providence for public employees

May 21, 2009 -- After losing a multi-million dollar contract it’s held for over 20 years, Regence BlueCross BlueShield is fighting back. It’s trying to persuade officials that they made a serious mistake by choosing their competitor, Providence Health Plans, as the statewide PPO for 102,507 public employees and their dependents. 

Advantage Dental to Purchase Competitor

Two competing dental plans have taken off their crowns in the hope of building a bridge together

May 21, 2009 -- Advantage Dental Services led by Mike Shirtcliff, DMD, its president, has filed paperwork to purchase Hayden Family Dentistry Group, which is owned by Cedric Hayden, DDS. Both plans serve Oregon Health Plan clients.

Battle Intensifies Over Prescribing Rights

Oregon is poised to become the third state in the nation allowing psychologists to prescribe drugs

May 21, 2009 --  Despite intense lobbying pressure from organized medicine – including the Oregon Pediatric Society, the Oregon Psychiatric Association and the Oregon Medical Association – legislators may be close to declaring victory.

Regence Threatens Lawsuit After Losing PEBB Contract

After losing its public employees contract to Providence, Regence protests the decision

May 12, 2009 -- The threat of a lawsuit hangs over the Public Employees Benefit Board after it rejected Regence BlueCross BlueShield's bid to provide health coverage to state employees. Providence Health Plans won the multi-million dollar contract by a 5-3 vote when the board met on April 21.

Provider Tax Close to Agreement

Legislators have not reached agreement with hospitals and insurers but are very close

May 13, 2009 -- Earlier we reported that a deal had been struck on a provider tax, however Sen. Alan Bates (D-Ashland) now says that was incorrect. Negotiations are very close to being wrapped up on a hospital and insurance tax to cover more uninsured Oregonians.

Provider Tax Remains Veiled

Oregon Health Plan caseloads and an economic forecast next Friday could play havoc with the provider tax.

May 8, 2009 -- Negotiations over a provider tax that could potentially insure 180,000 Oregonians appear stalled after lawmakers cancelled a legislative hearing scheduled for Thursday morning (May 7) because an agreement had not been reached with the hospitals and health insurers. 


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