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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

Moda Gives OEBB Members Choice: Join Coordinated Model or See 9% Hike

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The cost for the standard set of health plans at OEBB are spinning wildly out of control, leaving teachers little choice but to join in the coordinated care compact created by Moda Health that’s brought together major hospital and provider systems in the state including Asante Health, Merle West Medical Center, Salem Health, Legacy Health and OHSU.

The state’s school districts and teachers should get ready for a financial hit -- the Oregon Educators Benefit Board approved a whopping 9 percent premium increase for Moda Health and a 6 percent hike for Kaiser Permanen

OHSU Reports Sharp Drop in Uninsured Patients

By mid-April, OHSU had raised $296 million toward its Knight Cancer Challenge, according to President Joe Robertson.

Oregon Health & Science University reported operating income of $69.8 million through March, which is $21 million over target and 11 percent above last year's revenues, according to chief financial officer Lawrence Furnstahl's report to the board of directors recently.

Legislators Urged to Deny $200 Million in Bond Funding for OHSU

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Dr. Kris Alman is urging legislators to not fund OHSU’s bond funding request, contending there is no return on investment for the public.

OPINION -- On the face of it, a general obligation bond for OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute seems to be a no-brainer. A down payment to match (and not a penny less) Phil Knight's $.5 Billion generous gesture. Win the war on cancer. Good paying jobs.

OHSU Faces Cautious Support and Skepticism at Capitol for $200 Million Request

Oregon Health & Science University wants to make the most of a generous donation from Phil Knight and invest $1.5 billion toward a nationally recognized cancer research center, but it’s asking the state to borrow $200 million on its behalf.

Oregon Health & Science University brought its heavyweights to the Capitol on Friday with a request that the state pitch in $200 million worth of general obligation bonds to help Oregon invest in a “cancer-curing economy.”

$200 Million Match is OHSU's Sole Legislative Priority

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The medical school also reported a $22 million increase in net worth at its board meeting and announced plans for an ambulatory hospital

Typically the lobbyists at OHSU advocate for a variety of legislative measures, but this time around they’re focused on one major campaign – getting legislative approval for $200 million to support the Knight Cancer Institute.

OHSU Prescribes ABA for Autistic Kids, but Keeps Treatment from Employees

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President Joe Robertson said OHSU will comply voluntarily with proposed legislation from Sen. Chip Shields that mandates the medical school’s self-insured plan provide coverage in 2015. A second part of the bill corrects an oversight in an earlier autism bill and brings OHSU, OEBB and PEBB under the 2005 Oregon Mental Health Parity Act.

Editor's Note: This article was corrected from an earlier version. Only the self-insured plans offered by OHSU and PEBB are exempt from the autism law passed last year.

 

Rural Oregon Could Benefit from More Residency Programs

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Dr. Lisa Dodson, director of OHSU's rural health program, argued that rural recruiters need to better understand young doctors' job needs when appearing before the Oregon Rural Health Conference last week.

 

Of Oregon’s population, 25 percent live in rural areas, but only 9 percent of medical doctors serve those communities, according to Dr. Lisa Dodson, director of Rural Health Programs at Oregon Health and Science University, who spoke at the Oregon Rural Health Conference in Portland.

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