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Oregon To Lead Nation In Setting Minimum Amount For Hospital Charity Care

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SALEM – Oregon's hospitals have long been required to provide free or discounted care for low-income patients under state and federal charity care laws.

Charity Care Bill Faces Vote

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Hollie Murphy had a hysterectomy in 2013 that threw her into financial turmoil.

She had health insurance. She was a certified nursing assistant at Springfield’s PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. But it was a high deductible plan, and she only made $15 an hour.

Union Seeks Crackdown On Hospital Charity Care, Staffing

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Most of Oregon’s hospitals are nonprofits. They get a break on state and local taxes and in exchange, they’re supposed to provide free or discounted care to those who can’t afford it.

But charity care has decreased in recent years while hospital profits have increased.

Charity Care Spending Continues Climb in Latest Figures

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Large Oregon hospitals report a smaller increase in how much they are writing off medical bills of patients unable to pay, while smaller hospitals say this has gone up more for them.

Hospital charity care spending climbed 20 percent in the first half of 2017, according to a Lund Report analysis of the most recent public hospital finance records available.

Uncompensated Care at Oregon hospitals Reached $9.4 Billion From 2005-2013

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The Lund Report conducted an extensive evaluation of all hospitals in the state, analyzing their charity care, bad debt and uncompensated care for each of the nine years, and also compared their overall uncompensated care with total revenue during the same time period.

The explosion of newcomers gaining health insurance since June 2013 will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the amount of charity care and bad debt at Oregon’s hospitals.

For-Profit Hospitals Skimp on Charity Care

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Overall, spending on care for the poor dropped statewide while enrollment climbed in the Oregon Health Plan

 

April 26, 2013 – Oregon's two for-profit hospitals are among the stingiest hospitals in the state when it comes to providing care for the poor.

After Slipping Through the Cracks, Beaverton Man to Receive Lifesaving Surgery

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Mike Trethewey applied for assistance for dozens of organizations before being accepted for cancer treatment at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle

February 25, 2012 – Mike Trethewey is preparing to travel from Beaverton to Seattle for a life-saving surgery he needed three months ago.

Trethewey was diagnosed last August with stage two metastatic testicular cancer and had three rounds of chemotherapy before he and his wife, Laura, who had Kaiser insurance became uninsured because they were unable to pay the monthly premium.

Hospital Profit Margins Slightly Down in 2010

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Close to 20 executives associated with Oregon hospitals earn more than $1 million per year
June 10, 2011 – Oregon hospitals finished the year 2010 with a slightly lower profit margin than in 2009 due to increased uncompensated care and further shortfalls in Medicare and Medicaid, according to Kevin Earls, senior vice president of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Free Care at Oregon Hospitals Tops the Charts

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Reducing costs and freezing pay was the only saving grace in a year that tested Oregon hospitals financially
December 8, 2010 -- Oregon hospitals provided more than $1.1 billion in uncompensated care in 2009, close to 14 percent more than the year before and the highest amount ever for the state’s 57 acute care facilities, based on the latest financial figures released this week by the Oregon Office f

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