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Briefly: OHSU Appoints Senior VP, COO of OHSU Healthcare

Joe Ness, who's worked at Oregon Health & Science University since 2013, has been the interim chief since last November.

After a nationwide search, Oregon Health & Science University officials decided to go with their man already in the job.

Joe Ness, who's served nearly a year as the interim senior vice president and chief operating officer of OHSU Healthcare, now has the job permanently. 

Nurses Say Bend Hospital Staffing Is Bad For Trauma Patients

Nurses' complaint triggers Oregon Health Authority investigation of St. Charles Health System in Bend.

A team of experts has investigated the operating room at St. Charles Bend, the state's only high-level trauma center east of the Cascades. This came after nurses filed another complaint with the Oregon Health Authority in late September.

Data Show Huge Range in Hospital Prices Across Oregon

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The same procedures often cost five times more in rural areas as they do in Portland metro hospitals, according to a Lund Report analysis of insurance claims data.

A hospital billing database that’s been in development for years is beginning to shed light on the huge variation in the cost of medical care across Oregon.

Hospitals Step In To Help House The Homeless. Will It Make A Difference?

In Oregon, five hospital systems plus CareOregon invested in a $21.5 million project last year to build nearly 400 units for homeless people.

During the five years Tony Price roamed the streets and dozed in doorways, the emergency rooms of Sacramento’s hospitals were a regular place for him to sleep off a hard day’s drinking.

“A lot of times I would pass out, and then I’d wake up in the hospital,” said Price, 50.

Hospitals Slashed Use Of Two Heart Drugs After Huge Price Hikes

Even before media reports and a congressional hearing vilified Valeant Pharmaceuticals International for raising prices on a pair of lifesaving heart drugs, Dr. Umesh Khot knew something was very wrong. Khot is a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, which prides itself on outstanding heart care. The health system’s pharmacists had alerted doctors about the skyrocketing cost of the drugs, nitroprusside and isoproterenol. But these two older drugs, frequently used in emergency and intensive care situations, have no direct alternatives.

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