OHSU Goes Rogue
April 7, 2009 -- Thus far hospitals across the state are following the lead of the state’s hospital association led by President Andy Davidson, even though smaller rural hospitals wouldn't face a provider tax.
“Small hospitals have said, we don’t work in isolation,” Earls said. “We depend on the large hospitals to help handle our most complex cases. Some help train staff; do referrals and important patient care relationships. It would be foolish for us to do something that damages those hospitals.”
The association has made no secret about its opposition to a 4 percent tax on revenues and, instead, has proffered an alternative known as a claims tax.
Yet one hospital has broken from the team and supports the 4 percent tax: Oregon Health and Science University. It's taken that stance because of its unique position as an academic health center and commitment to expand access, said spokesman Tim Kringen.
“OHSU kind of occupies a unique place so it’s pretty understandable we might come down on this a little differently,” said Kringen, adding that OHSU officials are still working with legislators to make certain they don't suffer a loss in revenue.