Category Archives: The Lund Report

Oregon Hospitals See Fewer Patients Able to Pay Full Cost of Care in 2016 

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Lund Report. We can be reached at: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800 The data reveals an increase in charity care spending that seems to coincide with a decline in Medicaid enrollment last year. But there was wide variation across the state, with some rural […]
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Single-Payer Activists Come to Salem, Tout Universal Care Study

Researchers from the Rand Corporation showcased the results of a $300,000 study Oregon funded two years ago. It examined different methods of improving the healthcare financing system in the state. The state’s single-payer activists made their annual descent on Salem on Thursday, championing their perennial legislation to implement publicly financed, privately delivered healthcare — this […]
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Nosse Prescription Drug Price-Setting Bill Survives Filing Deadline

A more thorough fiscal analysis of HB 2387 will be conducted in the Committee on Ways & Means. The amended version sets up an account for drug manufactures to issue rebates for excessively priced drugs, which will be used to repay health insurers. A bill regulating the price of medications in Oregon passed out of […]
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Senate Passes Bill Aimed at Expanding Rural Health Access through For-Profit Clinics

Rep. Mitch Greenlick quashed a very similar bill two years ago because it would have opened the door for non-physicians to run for-profit medical clinics, which he does not believe are as good for patients as nonprofit clinics. The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a measure designed to expand healthcare access in underserved rural areas, […]
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Legislators Work to Pass Mental Healthcare Bill of Rights for Deaf Community

Imagine living every day surrounded by neighbors and family members who cannot understand your language. Then imagine being shut out of counseling or talk therapy because few behavioral health providers speak that language, either. Source: Legislators Work to Pass Mental Healthcare Bill of Rights for Deaf Community | The Lund Report

Greenlick’s Bill to Reform CCOs, Mandate Public Meetings Moves out of Committee

Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, has shepherded out of his committee a bill designed to reform the state’s coordinated care organizations. Source: Greenlick’s Bill to Reform CCOs, Mandate Public Meetings Moves out of Committee | The Lund Report

Senate Environment Committee Guts Bill to Eliminate Old Diesel Engines

The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee managed to pass only a gutted version of a bill to take dirty diesel engines out of Oregon, but chief sponsor Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, remained optimistic that advocates could still reach a better compromise this session in the Senate Rules Committee, where he directed the bill. Source: […]
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Oregon, Washington Executive Salaries Continue Upward Spiral

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Lund Report. library.help@state.or.us , 503-378-8800 Health insurance executives in the Pacific Northwest took home healthy salaries and bonuses in 2016, based on financial records filed in Oregon and Washington. Source: Oregon, Washington Executive Salaries Continue Upward Spiral | The Lund Report

Oregon Seeks to Navigate Labyrinth of Federal Rules in Efforts to Hold Down Medicaid Drug Costs

With U.S. law prohibiting the Oregon Health Authority from negotiating directly with drug makers to lower prices, the state is taking a complex multi-front approach, the authority’s chief medical officer told the Oregon Health Policy Board. Oregon’s efforts to rein in prescription spending have shown promising early results, despite federal rules that limit drug price […]
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Bill Would Require Emergency Rooms To Adopt Mental Health Discharge Plans

A separate bill from Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer would require CCOs and insurers to cover a behavioral health assessment in a crisis as well as its treatment recommendations. Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer and Sen. Lew Frederick, both Portland Democrats, are back again this year to close additional gaps in the state’s mental health system. Source: Bill Would […]
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