Category Archives: The Lund Report

Lori Coyner Out as Oregon Medicaid Director

A year and a half after being named Oregon’s state Medicaid director, Lori Coyner has left state government—leaving David Simnitt, who has been the Oregon Health Authority’s health policy director, to fill the role on an interim basis until a new Medicaid director is hired. Source: Lori Coyner Out as Oregon Medicaid Director | The […]
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Oregon Health Groups Prepare for August Eclipse and Massive Tourist Influx

A million or more people could swell the state’s population during the Aug. 21 event, stressing rural health services, and creating sanitation risks. Source: Oregon Health Groups Prepare for August Eclipse and Massive Tourist Influx | The Lund Report

Legislature Passes New Standards for Long-Term Care and Referrals

Two consumer protection laws are designed to ensure quality and integrity among healthcare providers and agencies assisting Oregon seniors. Strong bipartisan majorities have passed two bills to protect seniors, putting new quality controls into long-term care facilities and requiring referral agencies to register and act in their client’s interest. Source: Legislature Passes New Standards for […]
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Legislature Closes Session with Long Line of Healthcare Bills

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Lund Report.  library.help@state.or.us , 503-378-8800. Last-minute funding will provide for emergency housing assistance, Hepatitis C treatment and a short list of earmarks for clinic and hospital projects, including assistance for Cascade Aids Project’s new clinic. Source: Legislature Closes Session with Long Line […]
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As Data Drives Payments to Hospitals, CCOs, Policymakers Ask for Deeper Look at Equity

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Lund Report. library.help@state.or.us , 503-378-8800. Policymakers are reviewing how Oregon Health Authority data has been used to financially reward hospitals and coordinated care organizations, what the data says about progress being made to improve health and hold down costs, and which groups […]
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Legislators Celebrate Achievements, Fret About Big Money’s Influence

Even as Democratic lawmakers celebrate new laws providing healthcare to immigrant kids and raising the age of purchasing tobacco, a continued fight over the provider tax dampens enthusiasm over the 2017 session. Source: Legislators Celebrate Achievements, Fret About Big Money’s Influence | The Lund Report

Insurers Seek to Pull Out of Rural Counties in 2018

State officials say they hope to convince some health insurance companies to return – especially to Douglas, Lane, Lincoln and Tillamook counties, where Providence is the only company offering individual plans on marketplace exchanges next year. Rural Oregonians will have fewer health insurance options than ever in 2018, unless state officials are able to lure […]
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Oregon Set to Raise Age of Tobacco Sales To 21

In a ninth-inning victory for public health advocates, the Tobacco 21 bill resurfaced in the Oregon House, raising the age for the sale of cigarettes, but not the age of possession. The tobacco lobby hired former Sen. Margaret Carter to derail the bill. The Oregon House of Representatives broke a legislative logjam and passed Senate […]
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Senate Clears Hospital Price Controls for Public Worker Health Plans

The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems successfully lobbied to kill a measure to pay property taxes on clinics, a bill expanding hours at ambulatory surgery centers and a measure to make nonprofit hospitals to pay more on charity care — but intense lobbying failed to block an end to price-gouging at OEBB and […]
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Half The Time, Nursing Homes Scrutinized On Safety By Medicare Are Still Treacherous 

In 2012, Parkview Healthcare Center’s history of safety violations led California regulators to issue an ultimatum reserved for the most dangerous nursing homes. The state’s public health department designated Parkview, a Bakersfield, Calif., nursing home, a “special focus facility,” requiring it to either fix lapses in care while under increased inspections or be stripped of […]
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