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Salem Health Reaches Agreement with United Healthcare

At the same time, healthcare costs in Salem are among the highest in state capitals across the country, according to an independent analysis

Salem Health pulled it off at the last minute, finalizing a contract with a long-standing insurance company -- United Healthcare -- that was set to expire next Wednesday. Terms of the new contract were not disclosed, but the decision came down to dollars and cents.

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

Salem Health Has Its Eyes on Expansion

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Besides announcing a potential partnership with OHSU, Salem Health is said to be exploring a partnership with Moda Health to strengthen its hold in Marion County.

Merger talks are under way between Salem Health and Oregon Health & Science University, but one major player is missing from the action – Moda Health. Norman Gruber, president and CEO of Salem Health, appears to be keeping that conversation under wraps. However, he has plenty of time to make an announcement after renewing his contract through 2015.

When asked if Moda was engaged in talks with Salem Health, its spokesman, Jonathan Nicholas, declined to respond.

Legislators Pinpoint Salem Health in Bad Actor Bill

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Sen. Alan Bates called the legal dispute a threat to Oregon’s efforts to transform its healthcare system while Gov. John Kitzhaber hopes the issue can be resolved through mediation.


June 11, 2013 —  Sen. Alan Bates, D-Medford, said he would work to keep an amended version of the bad actor bill alive, calling the legal dispute in Salem a threat to Oregon’s ability to transform its healthcare system.

Salem Health Requests Mediation as Bad Actor Bill Moves Through Legislature

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House Bill 3309, designed to put pressure on Salem Health and its local CCO, Willamette Valley Community Health, passed the House Rules Committee on a 7-1 vote Thursday afternoon and was sent to the Joint Committee on Ways & Means.


May 31, 2013 — Pressure from the state Legislature has succeeded in pushing Salem Health toward mediation and potentially ending the seven-month standoff with its coordinated care organization, Willamette Valley Community Health.

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.

Hospital Finances: A Look at Salem Health Chains and PeaceHealth

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Alan Yordy, president and CEO of PeaceHealth, saw his salary top the million dollar mark in 2011, while Salem Hospital earned a profit of $23.9 million

March 27, 2013 -- How well are Oregon’s hospitals meeting local needs? Are they making smart decisions about their money? Today, The Lund Report runs the second in a series of stories that is exploring the state of Oregon hospitals.

Confidential Sources Say Salem Health Spending $2.5 Million on Japanese Training

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Hospital executives traveled to Japan recently for an immersion experience in Kaizan, the Japanese term for continuous improvement

March 2, 2012 -- With all the hubbub about Salem Health announcing cutbacks of $30 million recently, it’s interesting to ask what a health system in the Mid-Willamette Valley can learn from a car company in Asia? According to Salem Health Chief Executive Officer, Norman Gruber, whatever it is, it’s worth the trip.

Salem Health Delinquent with Oregon Department of Justice Filing

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Yet that hasn’t stopped its president, Norman Gruber, from announcing $30 million in cutbacks while, at the same time, purchasing two primary care clinics

March 2, 2012 – The Oregon Department of Justice makes it quite clear – nonprofit entities such as hospitals are required to provide audited financial statements every year that show their net worth, the salaries of their top executives and the benefits they provide the community in order to remain tax exempt.


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