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Oregon House Health Committee hears testimony on bill that removes supervision requirements for Physician Assistants

| Feb 5, 2021 | Oregon

The Oregon House Committee on Health Care heard public testimony on a bill that would remove the requirement for physician assistants to practice under physicians. Currently, a supervising physician may use the services of a Physician Assistant (PA) in accordance with a practice agreement, which is a written agreement between...[ Read More ]

Hospitals express doubt about Gov. Brown’s latest vaccine plan

Emily Boerger | Jan 22, 2021 | Oregon

Gov. Kate Brown announced last week she was adjusting Oregon’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan to place teachers and school staff at the front of the line with vaccinations beginning the week of January 25. Seniors 80 years and older would wait to receive their vaccines until the week of February...[ Read More ]

Gov. Brown lifts ban on non-urgent medical procedures

Emily Boerger | Apr 23, 2020 | Oregon

Beginning May 1, Oregon health care providers may resume providing non-urgent procedures if they meet new requirements to ensure safety and preparedness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The news came during a press conference with Gov. Kate Brown, Dr. Bruce Goldberg, member of the COVID-19 Medical Advisory Panel, and Dr. Dana...[ Read More ]

OAHHS supports adopting “shelter in place” strategies in Oregon

Emily Boerger | Mar 19, 2020 | Oregon

In a statement released Thursday, Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) President and CEO Becky Hultberg announced the association’s support of adopting “shelter in place” strategies to combat the spread of COVID-19. “The coronavirus is dangerous because although we can't see it, the virus is in our community...[ Read More ]

New report details the high cost of regulatory compliance for hospitals

Michael Goldberg | Jan 13, 2020 | Oregon

According to a new report commissioned by the Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems (OAHHS), some rules governing hospital operations put a significant financial burden on community hospitals and siphon off dollars that could go to patient care.  Setting out to evaluate the financial impact of regulatory compliance on...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Kitzhaber, Hultberg, Prov/CareOR deal

| Aug 22, 2019 | Oregon

It's been a transformational last few weeks for Oregon health care. From personnel changes to organizational shifts, we cover some of that below - and we don't even touch on the clash between Centene and Portland-area hospitals...   With help from Emily Boerger     1. “Don Quixote” goes to...[ Read More ]