Medicare Data Released This Spring Show the Elite Oregon Doctors Who Always Bill Top Dollar

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Oregon Health & Science University has most of the state’s doctors who billed Medicare for the most expensive visits all of the time.

For the first time this spring, Medicare released spending data for individual doctors and other healthcare providers, and an analysis by the nonprofit news outlet ProPublica examined doctors who were billing Medicare for the most complicated and therefore most expen

Foot Care Professionals Call for Increased Investment in Prevention

Two-thirds of amputations nationwide are paid for by Medicare – but reimbursement for basic foot care services is complex

People with diabetes are 50 times more likely to develop a foot ulcer than those without, and diabetes-related foot problems are a leading cause of hospital admissions among people with diabetes. It’s the number one cause of medical amputations, which run a total cost of $80,000, including the surgery itself, wound care, prosthetic fitting and follow up treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wyden Wants Kitzhaber’s Reforms Applied to Medicare

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Oregon’s senior U.S. senator explained at a Sunday townhall that legislation released last week would offer global payments to primary care homes that pledge to care for the chronic illnesses of Medicare clients.

Teams of doctors, physician assistants, nurses and community health workers would be encouraged to work more closely to treat chronically sick Medicare patients under a bipartisan proposal being pushed in Congress by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon.

Nine Oregon Hospitals Rewarded for Quality Care

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Medicare’s bonuses top out at 0.39%, while most hospitals receive penalties instead
Oregon’s hospital leaders often complain that Medicare doesn’t pay enough to cover their costs. But nine hospitals in the state are about to start receiving more money for treating Medicare patients, as a reward for providing high-quality care and reducing hospital readmissions.

Lobbying Congress for Medicare Reimbursement

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Bipartisan consensus that funding formula is broke – question is how to fix it


July 29, 2013 -- Just removed from a whirlwind trip to the nation’s capital, Bend-based physical therapist and consultant Tannus Quatre reported encouraging news in the struggle to reform Medicare reimbursement practices in the U.S.

Uninsured Charged Much More Depending on the Clinic

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The prices for cataract surgery for an uninsured patient vary from $2,500 to more than $8,000 depending on whether the clinic is located in Bend, Portland or Salem

February 25, 2013 -- At 63 and self-employed, I'm too young for Medicare, I make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but I don't make nearly enough to afford an individual insurance policy.

Don Berwick: Medicare Payments Favor Hospitals

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The former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services speaks at a conference in Portland next week

December 6, 2012 – Dr. Don Berwick believes the Triple Aim is critical to the success of healthcare reform over the next few years. That means better care for individuals, better health for populations and lower healthcare costs.

“The fundamental flaw in American healthcare is fragmentation,” said the former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who appears in Portland next Thursday to keynote the 2012 State of Reform Conference.


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