Oregon legislature 2013

Hospitals Accused of Putting Their Own Self-Interest Above Patients

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The problem has become particularly acute for physical therapists and radiologists. Senate Bill 683 would require physicians employed by hospitals to disclose their organization’s financial interest in referrals and allow patients to seek care with an independent practitioner.


May 20, 2013 — As major hospital systems like Providence and Legacy have bought up ancillary medical centers, added more physical therapists to their payroll and expanded their own supply of medical imaging equipment, independent physical therapists and radiologists say they have seen their referrals dry up and their businesses decline.

Single-Payer Activists Keep Dream of Universal Healthcare Alive

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A separate measure, giving state sponsorship of a comprehensive study on universal healthcare financing, makes its way through the Committee on Ways & Means.


May 15, 2013 — Wes Brain was uninsured last winter when a tonsillectomy showed signs of throat cancer. He qualified for the high-risk Oregon Medical Insurance Pool, which the state has administered through Regence BlueCross BlueShield.

House Passes Assessments for Hospitals and Nursing Facilities

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Many hospitals will receive much more than they pay in after the state dollars are used to leverage federal money, helping to implement both the Affordable Care Act and the CCO transformation.


May 15, 2013 — The House passed assessment taxes on hospitals and long-term care facilities by a wide 54-5 margin Tuesday, ensuring Oregon’s health and human service budgets will raise over a billion dollars from providers in coming years and leverage $1.4 billion from the federal government next biennium for Medicaid.

Repeal of Insurers’ Unlawful Trade Practices Act Exemption Moves into Senate

The Lund Report
An economic analyst from Washington tells the Senate Consumer Protection Committee that insurance premiums fell after the state strengthened the private right of action against insurers, countering a national trend of rising premiums.

This article has been edited from its original version to more closely report statements made by Standard Insurance.

May 13, 2013 — The bill to repeal the insurance industry’s one-of-a-kind exception to Oregon’s chief fraud law has moved to the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, where it faces a less certain outcome than in the House.

Greenlick, CCOs, Agree to Minimum Standard of Public Oversight

The Lund Report
An amendment to Senate Bill 725 severely scales back previous attempts to force the CCOs to operate in public, makes no demands that CCOs aren’t currently abiding, and only requires public participation twice a year.


May 10, 2013 — In yet another attempt to provide some transparency to the governance of coordinated care organizations, Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, has forged and accepted an agreement that will ensure a minimal level of public involvement.

Conference Committee Wants Under-18 Ban for Tanning Beds

The Lund Report
The move should clear the way for Oregon to be the third state to ban tanning for minors, and comes a day after the Food and Drug Administration proposes warning labels for the carcinogenic devices.


May 8, 2013 -- A day after the Food and Drug Administration proposed new warning labels about the risk of cancer from tanning beds, the Oregon Legislature moved closer to banning commercial tanning salons from serving customers younger than 18.

Salem Reps File ‘Bad Actor Bill’ to Force End to Salem Health Lawsuit

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HB 3309 would allow the Oregon Health Authority director to kick off a CCO member and lower its compensation. Rep. Brian Clem said he filed the bill to end a court battle in his district that threatens the entire CCO model.

May 3, 2013 — The Legislature could soon be wading into the ugly dispute between Salem Health and its coordinated care organization, Williamette Valley Community Health.


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