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Video and highlights: "5 Slides: Strengthening the behavioral health system"

| Jun 3, 2021 | Oregon

Last week, State of Reform held a virtual conversation titled “5 Slides We’re Discussing” on strengthening the behavioral health system in Oregon. Topics discussed included  the rise in drug use, the struggles with access to behavioral health services and the efforts to divert patients from the emergency room (ER).   ...[ Read More ]

Central Oregon hospital still struggling with COVID hospitalizations

| Jun 3, 2021 | Oregon

COVID-19 cases and deaths are generally declining in Oregon, but some hospitals are encountering COVID numbers similar to January. St. Charles Bend Hospital, in particular,  is being hit hard with new cases of mainly unvaccinated people.      Dr. Jeff Absalon, executive vice president and chief physician executive at St....[ Read More ]

Gov. Brown signs cost growth target bill

| May 26, 2021 | Oregon

House Bill 2081, on the modification of the Health Care Cost Target program, was signed into law by Oregon Governor Brown last week.      This bill will create “accountability mechanisms” for providers and insurers whose overall costs remain high. Insurance and provider groups will receive civil penalties if they...[ Read More ]

Registration Open: "5 Slides We're Discussing" Strengthening the behavioral health system

| May 25, 2021 | Oregon

Oregon’s suicide death rate is the 9th highest in the country, according to CDC statistics. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated those struggles as more adults are reporting anxiety and depression. What can we do in Oregon to augment our behavioral and mental health system while maintaining a financially healthy...[ Read More ]

Oregon's economic and revenue forecast looks positive for health care

| May 21, 2021 | Oregon

Oregon’s May 2021 Economic and Revenue Forecast released on Wednesday presents a bright outlook. The 2021-2023 forecast paints a better picture than what Governor Kate Brown’s budget reflected in December when the state was projecting “strong cost controls” in the health care system.      COVID-19 federal aid and tax...[ Read More ]

Oregon hospital finances are positive, yet uncertain

| May 17, 2021 | Oregon

Although Oregon hospitals ended 2020 with a positive operating margin of 3.3%, they are still negatively impacted by the financial consequences of the pandemic.      A report released by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) on Thursday shows that Oregon hospitals ended 2020 “in the black.” According to the report,...[ Read More ]

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