Idaho antitrust case unintentionally highlights information blocking

A new review of documents from that case by the Idaho Statesman newspaper revealed a fine example of what Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services have dubbed “information blocking”.

A year and a half ago, a federal judge invalidated the purchase of Nampa, Idaho-based Saltzer Medical Group by St. Luke’s Health System in nearby Boise, on antitrust grounds.

Hospital Safety Scores Reveal Only 29 Percent of Oregon Hospitals get High Marks

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None of Oregon’s hospitals have gotten straight A’s since 2012, according to the Leapfrog Group analysis, while Bay Area and Samaritan Albany ranked the lowest in the latest ratings, earning D’s.

Just how safe are Oregon’s hospitals? Newly released hospital safety scores that evaluate hos-pitals across the country show that only 29 percent of Oregon hospitals graded by the non-profit Leapfrog Group received high marks.

Charity Care Spending Falls by Half at Providence Hospitals

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Preliminary 2014 figures suggest CCO enrollments leave fewer patients unable to pay; meanwhile, tax filings reveal millions in compensation for nonprofit’s executives

How is healthcare reform helping – or hurting – the financial bottom line at Oregon’s hospitals? Are nonprofit healthcare organizations paying reasonable salaries to their top executives, or are the millions of dollars that hospital leaders earn each year unreasonable?

Oregon Hospitals See Increased Charges During First Quarter

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Southern Coos Hospital saw the highest increase followed by Samaritan Pacific Communities, while other hospitals, including Providence Hood River saw their charges decline during the same time period.

Oregon’s hospitals are performing more inpatient surgeries, hosting more outpatient visits, and billing many of millions of dollars more for services than just a year ago - an apparent result of the state’s Medicaid expansion, according to a Lund Report analysis of financial and utilization figur

Are Oregon Hospitals Safe Places to Work?

The Lund Report
Oregon OSHA conducts more inspections than average, but fines are the lowest in the country

Hospitals face growing pressure to prevent patient injuries and stop the spread of infections. But are they doing enough to keep their own workers healthy and safe?

OHSU Receives Higher Medicare Payments than other Oregon Hospitals

The Lund Report
Uninsured patients are charged two to three times more for the same procedure at area hospitals


July 15, 2013 -- Sick Oregonians without health insurance regularly receive bills for two to three times what Medicare or private insurers are willing to pay to cover treatment, newly released medical billing data appears to indicate.

Nursing Graduates Face a Changing Job Market

The Lund Report
A recent report from the Oregon Center for Nursing indicates there’s a nursing shortage, but new graduates are having a difficult time finding work

November 10, 2011 -- It took Jennifer Wieczorek, a 2008 graduate of Linfield College's nursing program, a year and a half to find a job using her degree – and she was the last person in her cohort to do so.

While in school, Wierczorek had a verbal agreement with Legacy Good Samaritan that she’d work there as an operating room nurse upon graduation. But it took longer than expected to pass her board certification exams, and by the time she did, Legacy didn't have a position for her anymore.

St. Helens Tries Again For Hospital

The Lund Report
This time around proponents would like to open a small rural health clinic inside the 12-bed hospital.

June 2, 2010 --Unwilling to accept defeat, Columbia Health District is once again attempting to convince state officials that there’s a need for a 12-bed hospital in St. Helens. But the process is ripe with contention.

Residents who’ve opposed the hospital in the past are likely to raise the same concerns – questioning whether the hospital can sustain itself financially and meet the needs of the community – at a public hearing later this month.


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