Category Archives: The Lund Report

DHS Unveils Plan to Slam the Door on Support for Disabled Children

Under pressure from legislators to cut costs, the Department of Human Services outlined a plan Tuesday that will seek federal permission to close the door on children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, cutting off a program to receive in-home supports unless their families are in or near poverty. Source: DHS Unveils Plan to Slam the […]
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Navigating Forest Fires and Heat Waves, Oregon Keeps Seniors Safe 

But as more serious disasters in Florida and Texas show, questions remain about how prepared Oregon will be for a disaster that affects more people. Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have been like a post-traumatic shock for a country that survived Hurricane Katrina, which took the lives of 215 people in nursing homes and hospitals, often […]
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Policy Board Urges Health Authority Staff to Move Faster on Prescription Drugs

After three presentations to the Oregon Health Policy Board, the state still has made little progress on efforts to collaborate, reduce spending. Members of the Oregon Health Policy Board expressed frustration this week with the slow pace of efforts to hold down public spending on prescription drugs. Source: Policy Board Urges Health Authority Staff to […]
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In Competitive Marion County, Salem, Santiam Hospitals See Higher Margins

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Lund Report. library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800 . In this annual in-depth review of hospitals, Salem Health shows continued profits despite end to OHSU partnership, and Santiam sees margins climb – but also charity care expenses. Marion County is a particularly competitive marketplace for […]
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Sugary Beverage Tax Campaign Launches in Multnomah County

A trio of billionaires are behind the campaign to add Oregon’s largest county to a list of communities from Seattle to Philadelphia to Chicago that have added steep taxes on soda pop and sugary drinks designed to reduce the consumption of these beverages, which are leading drivers of diabetes and obesity. A coalition of public […]
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ZOOM+Care Employees Share Their Frustrations on Glassdoor

A settlement between Zoom Management and the state of Oregon could be imminent. As a settlement draws near between Zoom Management and the state of Oregon after its affiliate, Zoom Health Plan, failed to pay $3 million in exchange for a surplus note, employees are raising concerns about management problems, high turnover and low morale […]
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HRSA Awards $3,832,251 to Oregon Health Centers to Tackle Mental Health and Fight the Opioid Overdose Crisis

Today the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $3,832,251 to 23 health centers in Oregon to increase access to substance abuse and mental health services. “No corner of our country, from rural areas to urban centers, has escaped the scourge of the opioid crisis,” said HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D. Source: HRSA Awards $3,832,251 […]
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Economic Credentialing Reduces Access to Care | The Lund Report — Guest Opinion

Much of the “health care debate” is not really about health or even health care. Rather, it’s about financing the purchase of insurance products. And, having health insurance doesn’t mean you have access to the care you need. Even for patients with “good” employer-sponsored insurance, the gap between “the best care” and “what is covered […]
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Data Offers Insight Into Costs, Stay Length and Demographics of Care for Older Oregonians

Assisted living and residential care costs over $44,000 per year, on average, according to figures that will be discussed Friday at a round-table review of recent studies from across the state. Oregon’s Department of Human Services is gearing up for a public data dump this Friday detailing the results of several new studies on assisted […]
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Supreme Court to Rule on Oregonian Request for List of People Who Want to Sue OHSU

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Lund Report.  library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800 . Hospital and health systems face big penalties if they do not comply with the privacy and security standards of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). So it may be astonishing to learn that the […]
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