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Hospital Profits Slumped, Charges Held Steady

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Oregon hospitals felt a financial slump last year but patients wouldn't know it to judge by their bills

December 17, 2009 -- Despite a financial slump last year, Oregon's 57 hospitals still managed to amass more than $240 million in profit, their worst performance in five years, according to audited financial records filed with the Oregon Office of Health Policy and Research.

With higher uncompensated care costs and a down economy Oregon hospitals earned more than 50 percent less profit than in 2007, while collecting more than 8 percent greater revenue, which meant everyone -- including insurers -- paid more for their services. 

Lynn-Marie Crider Joins OHPR

September 3, 2009 -- Lynn-Marie Crider has joined the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research as a policy analyst after spending five years with the Service Employees International Union, Local 49.

She’s joined by Erin Fair who was a legislative aide to Sen. Alan Bates during the last legislative session.

“We chose these people because they have the breadth and knowledge to work in different directions at the same time,” said Sean Kolmer, the agency’s deputy director who manages the research unit.

Steve Hooker Steps Down From Regence

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September 3, 2009 -- Steve Hooker, CFO of Regence BlueCross BlueShield, will retire at year’s end. With Regence for the past 28 years, he earned $304,641 from the Oregon-based health insurer in 2008. 

As chairman of the national Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Hooker intends to devote more time and energy to advance its mission of better treatments and cures for blood-related cancers when he retires.

Robinson Joins Oregon Center for Public Policy

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September 4, 2009 -- Steve Robinson began working for the Oregon Center for Public Policy on Sept. 1 as its senior policy analyst, having left Saif Corp. where he spent nine years as a senior research analyst.

“I wanted to work on broader public policy issues,” said Robinson, who’s married to Rep. Nancy Nathanson (D-Eugene).

Based in Silverton, OCPP uses research and analysis to advance policies and practices that improve the economic and social opportunities for all Oregonians.

Fact Checking the US Healthcare Debate

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Here are some key resources to sort fact from fiction in the ongoing heated debate over healthcare reform

We've compiled the following useful links for your continued search of the truth in a sea of political spin.

Former OMA Leader Moves to Wyoming

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Ever wondered what happened to Dr.  Eugene Ogrod who had a short career as executive director of the Oregon Medical Association after Bob Dernedde retired in 2003? He’s now the chief medical officer for Wyoming Medical Center, a position he called “very challenging and fun.” The 220-bed tertiary referral center in Casper is one of the only large hospitals in the state. After leaving the OMA, Ogrod was hired as chief medical officer by Providence’s Medford Health System.

Roey Thorpe to Head Planned Parenthood Political Arm

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June 17, 2009 -- Roey Thorpe, who led one of the state’s largest gay rights group known as Basic Rights Oregon, has been chosen to lead Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, the political arm of two Planned Parenthood organizations – Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Oregon. 

Bryan Boehringer New OMA Policy Director

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Bryan Boehringer has become the policy and government affairs director for the Oregon Medical Association. Since 1998 he worked in the government affairs department at Oregon Health & Science University, rising through the ranks from government relations associate to government and community relations director in 2005. In his new role, he will direct the federal and state-level advocacy efforts of the OMA, and lead the government affairs staff.

Ree Sailors Joins National Governors Association

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Ree Sailors has joined the National Governors Association in Washington DC as program director of its health division. She spent three years in Oregon as health policy advisor to Governor Ted Kulongoski, then later as advisor to the Oregon Health Fund Board. Earlier, Sailors was the executive policy advisor to Washington Governor Gary Locke. She has more than 25 years of experience in the health and human services arenas.

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