Two-thirds of hospices, once primarily run by nonprofit entities, are now for-profit — and they are increasingly a target for private equity firms.
Medical providers at the region’s only hospital system now must scrutinize patient admissions and at times discharge people “uncomfortably early.”
Laws passed in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York to mandate nursing home spending on care have sparked federal interest in the idea.
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Nurses will vote between May 23 and June 2 on possible strikes at Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center and Providence Milwaukie Hospital.
So-caled letters of protection can saddle patients with medical debt — and drive a personal injury care system that operates with little oversight despite widespread complaints of grossly inflated billings and other problems that can place patients at risk.