Unity Center In 'Crisis' With Patients Languishing In Recliners

Unity Center for Behavioral Health was supposed to answer Portland’s mental health crisis when it opened in 2017, relieving emergency rooms of patients in crisis.

Instead, the center is grappling with what its medical director called a “real state of crisis.”

Kaiser, Unions Reach Tentative Labor Contract Deal

More than 80,000 union-represented clerical and other workers in the Kaiser Permanente system appear on track to lock in solid pay raises and benefit improvements under a tentative labor agreement announced Wednesday by the California-based nonprofit system and a union umbrella group, Coalition o

It's Been A Good Year So Far For Health Insurers

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Oregon's largest commercial health insurers racked up solid profits through the first half of 2019, as they took advantage of a brief reprieve from an Affordable Care Act fee that has cost them millions of dollars in past years.

Union Pushes For Higher Hospital Support Staff Compensation

In new report, SEIU Local 49 argues that many hospital employees are under-paid, with 1,800 in Oregon receiving food stamps

Nearly one in six hospital workers in Oregon makes less than $16 an hour, and some 1,800 of these employees earn little enough to receive food stamps, according to a report issued Wednesday by SEIU Local 49, a union that represents more than 10,000 healthcare workers in Oregon and Southwest Washi

Intel Breaks New Ground by Contracting Directly with Kaiser, Providence

The computer chip maker’s new healthcare delivery model has already attracted interest from other self-insured employers and the state and federal government.

One of the largest self-insured employers in Oregon has embarked on a novel approach that bypasses insurance companies. Intel, with 17,500 employees and their 33,000 dependents, is determined to create a healthier work force and, at the same time, keep costs under control. 

Voting Concluded on Fate of Dr. Jeffery Weisz

The executive medical director and president of Northwest Permanente Medical Group faced a board election that concluded Monday.

More than 1,300 physicians and practitioners who work for Northwest Permanente Medical Group – the provider arm for Kaiser Health Plan – had an opportunity to decide whether their executive medical director should be forced to resign.

Rumors Floating About Kaiser Buy-Out

But when reached for comment, the Oregon Medical Group says it will remain independent.

A rumor’s been brewing for quite some time that Kaiser Permanente has entered into negotiations to purchase the Oregon Medical Group in Eugene,  an independent practice with 120 medical providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Regence BlueCross BlueShield Top Spender of Legislative Candidates

Regence donated $236,000 to political candidates and causes in a failed attempt to shift control of the Legislature to Republicans, according to records filed with the Secretatry of State.


August 27, 2013 — Health insurance companies have poured more than $550,000 into state and local elections in Oregon since the start of 2011, with over 40 percent of that money spent by Regence BlueCross BlueShield, which invested $236,000 in its preferred candidates and causes.


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