Category Archives: The Lund Report

Bill Requiring Training for Home Care Workers Advances 

The Oregon Senate unanimously voted Monday to strengthen standards for home care workers, passing a bill designed to protect many of the state’s most vulnerable seniors and developmentally disabled people who receive their care through Medicaid. Source: Bill Requiring Training for Home Care Workers Advances | The Lund Report

CCO Reform Bill Heads for Floor Vote and Possible Partisan Scuffle

In a tense, party-line committee vote, Democrats and Republicans accused each other of being unreasonable and unwilling to negotiate. Rep. Mitch Greenlick shepherded his latest attempt at reform of the coordinated care organizations through the House Health Committee on Wednesday, setting up a probable partisan battle on the House floor. Source: CCO Reform Bill Heads […]
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Doctors and Health Plans Strike Last-Minute Deal on Uncontracted Payments

A consensus emerged pegging rates to the median from the all-payer, all-claims database, averting confusion when a new law protecting consumers from surprise billing takes effect on March 1. Physicians and health insurers have struck a deal on the problem of payment for uncontracted providers, pegging reimbursements to the state’s All-Payer, All-Claims database, in a […]
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Federal Discrimination Continues Against Oregon’s Effort to Treat Opioid Crisis

A recent Centers for Disease Control report shows the number of drug overdose deaths in Oregon as of June, 2017 decreased to 480 from 521 the previous 12 months. The decrease in drug overdose deaths is also true across several other Western states including California, Washington, and Utah. Source: Federal Discrimination Continues Against Oregon’s Efforts […]
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Hospital Association Kills Greenlick’s Attempt to Clarify Charity Care for Patients

The spokesman for the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems said member hospitals are already giving notice to patients about financial assistance in paying medical bills, but Rep. Mitch Greenlick wanted uniform standards across the state hospital system. Source: Hospital Association Kills Greenlick’s Attempt to Clarify Charity Care for Patients

Oregon House Sponsors Right to Healthcare Ballot Referral

The House of Representatives voted on party lines to ask voters to amend the constitution to add healthcare to the state bill of rights. The Oregon House has voted 35-25 to refer a constitutional amendment to the voters this Nov. 6 that would acknowledge a right to affordable healthcare. Source: Oregon House Sponsors Right to […]
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Kitzhaber’s Not in the Running at OHSU

Oregon’s former governor has opted out of the search for the next president of the state’s leading research hospital. Former Governor John Kitzhaber made it quite clear when he called David Yaden, who’s heading the presidential search committee at Oregon Health & Science University. Source: Kitzhaber’s Not in the Running at OHSU | The Lund […]
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Sen. Kruse Quits the Senate in Sexual Harassment Scandal

Finally bowing to months of public pressure, the longtime health policy leader resigned his state Senate seat, effective March 15, after four female lawmakers, along with female lobbyists and staff members, accused him of unwanted touching. Roseburg’s Republican Sen. Jeff Kruse is out. Source: Sen. Kruse Quits the Senate in Sexual Harassment Scandal | The […]
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Drug Transparency Bill Clears First Hurdle

A separate bill to require health insurers to be more transparent about costs and formularies for consumers did not pass. Drugmakers, who helped spur the opioid crisis, are now profiting off the epidemic by jacking up the price of overdose treatment Naloxone. The House Health Committee cleared the drug manufacturer transparency bill on a 8-2 […]
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Nurses Association Supports Drive to Amend Constitution

Red-shirted citizen activists of Health Care for All Oregon packed the hearing room in a special evening meeting of the House Health Committee to lend support to Rep. Mitch Greenlick’s ballot push to declare healthcare a fundamental right for Oregonians. As she testified Wednesday night, Carolanne Fry said it should’ve been her mother’s 53rd birthday. […]
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