Sen. Chip Shields

What Really Happened Between Kotek and FamilyCare about OHSU Bond Measure

Oregon Health & Science University secured $200 million from the state it said it needed to move ahead with the Phil Knight Challenge for cancer research, but House Speaker Tina Kotek got chewed up in a failed attempt to resolve a dispute over whether the tertiary hospital would agree to accept all Medicaid patients, even those from FamilyCare, with which OHSU is locked in legal battle.

Oregon Health & Science University is going home this session with its biggest coup in a decade -- the Oregon Legislature has decided to stretch its borrowing limit to provide the $200 million demand that will help t

Hospitals, Along with Providence and Regence, Stop Bill Requiring Telemedicine Payments

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Portland clinic chain ZoomCare pushed a bill with the Telehealth Alliance of Oregon to require private insurance companies to pay for Skype diagnoses, but the hospital association succeeded in delaying the bill for another session. If the law were enacted, its members could end up with fewer emergency room visits, and a significant loss of revenue.

Update: This article was updated on Feb. 12 to reflect the legislative developments in SB 1560.

Health Systems Work to Block Impact of Self-Referral Law

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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.

House May Roll Back Bill Expanding Drug Monitoring Program

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Rep. Mitch Greenlick opposes allowing the Board of Pharmacy to add drugs to the tracking system that are not controlled by the DEA, aligning his concerns with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Editor's Note: This article has been amended for accuracy.

May 9, 2013 — Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, has moved to scale back a measure that would enhance the Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, citing concerns raised by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Senate Votes to Set Tanning Ban Age Limit at 17

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The Senate approved HB 2896 on a 17-11 vote, but to gain the support of Sen. Chip Shields, the bill was weakened from the House version, which would make it illegal for teens to tan under the age of 18

April 22, 2013 — The Senate voted 17-11 on Monday to pass a less restrictive version of a teenage tanning salon ban than the one that passed the House overwhelmingly, prohibiting the practice for children under 17 without a doctor’s note.

Regence Rate Decision Sparks Consumer Watchdog Approach

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Sen. Chip Shields is proposing legislation that would give consumer groups access to proprietary information before the Insurance Division approves rate requests

January 8, 2012 -- When insurance officials made a decision about a rate request by Regence BlueCross BlueShield after reviewing documents behind closed doors last summer, it raised the ire of Sen. Chip Shields (D-Portland).

A strong proponent of transparency, he’s drafting legislation that would let consumer watchdog groups such as OSPIRG have access to such proprietary information, giving them intervener status.

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