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Internal Memo Grants Autism Coverage to Providence Employees

Separately, proposed rules from the Insurance Division on Friday to make insurance companies comply with the recent court decision against Providence forces insurers to pay for claims back to 2008 and lifts a 25-hour cap on coverage for applied behavior analysis.

Providence employees will now have comprehensive autism treatment covered, according to an internal memo to “Providence caregivers” obtained by The Lund Report.

Mayor Hales Urged to Reveal Cost of Providence Park

Although the contract signed between the Timbers and Providence was redacted and does not include the amount paid for naming rights, Health Care For All wants Mayor Hales to find out and share that information publicly.

Lisa Stiller would prefer that every dollar paid for health insurance premiums go to provide health care, not advertising.

Her nonprofit, Health Care for all Oregon, wants to know how much money Providence Health & Services paid the Portland Timbers' for naming rights to the Major League Soccer team’s home stadium now called Providence Park.

Providence Health & Services Reaped Profits of $1.22 Billion after Buying Swedish Hospitals

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In Oregon, the chain’s eight hospitals spent $192.6 million in charity care in 2012, up 14.3%, while its net income fell to $155.6 million.

This story has been edited to include the top salaries of Providence executives Greg Van Pelt, Jack Friedman and Shelly Handkins.

Why do more and more of Oregon’s hospitals seem to be joining together as conglomerates? Is healthcare reform hurting or helping the profitability of the state’s rural hospitals? Are these institutions taking on too much debt? Any why is it so hard to figure out how much a medical procedure is going to cost?

Finding answers to these questions requires first understanding what’s happening inside Oregon’s hospitals – how profitable they are, how many people they serve, and how much they pay their senior executives. Last year, The Lund Report published a multi-part investigation into Oregon’s 26 acute care hospitals. Today, we begin to expand upon that project by digging into additional data sources and looking at all 60 hospitals – both nonprofit and for profit -- in the state.

Health Systems Work to Block Impact of Self-Referral Law

A bipartisan bill crafted by Sen. Chip Shields and Sen. Larry George requires doctors to notify patients of their right to get tests or physical therapy from a provider of their choice, but Providence and others want to give patients as little notice as possible, and keep them inside their health system.

Editor's Note: An earlier version incorrectly associated an OHSU attorney with Legacy Health System. We regret the error.

Nurse Practitioners and Chiropractors Want More Workers’ Comp Patients

Senate Bill 533 awaits only a House vote to become law, expanding the length of time that a nurse practitioner can see an injured worker and giving workers access to their preferred chiropractor.


May 2, 2013 -- People who suffer an injury on the job will get better access to a nurse practitioner or their favored chiropractor under a Senate bill that should become law.

Freelancers CO-OP of Oregon Partners with Providence Health System

The CO-OP has $57 million in start-up loans from the federal government to provide health coverage to the self-employed in Oregon

September 18, 2012 -- Independent workers – artists, journalists, information technology professionals, craftsmen and even those who earn their living buying and selling on eBay – will soon have the ability to buy health coverage without having to dicker with a privately-run insurance company such as Regence BlueCross BlueShield.

Known as the Freelancers CO-OP of Oregon, people can sign up when enrollment opens for the health insurance exchange in October 2013.

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