Hospital Operating Margins Continue Slide in Q4 of 2017

As Oregon’s community hospitals’ costs continued to increase relative to revenues, operating margins continued their downward trend, landing at a median of -0.8 percent, which was among the lowest tallied in dozens of years. According to the newly-released quarterly report by Apprise Health Insights on acute care hospitals’ financial and utilization trends, hospital finances statewide are under increasing pressure due to a variety of factors, including market shifts toward outpatient services along with the cost pressures and others.

Oregon hospitals to play prominent role at 14th annual Oregon Leadership Summit

Senior hospital leaders will play a prominent role in the annual Oregon Leadership Summit, scheduled for December 5th at the Oregon Convention Center. The annual gathering of business, government and not-for-profit leaders is an opportunity to discuss and outline solutions to the most difficult public policy issues facing the state. This year's focus will be on fiscal challenges sure to dominate discussions at the Oregon State Legislature next year.

Oregon's Hospitals, Legislators Celebrate Landmark Price Transparency Bill

The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS), which represents all of Oregon's 62 community hospitals, today celebrated the passage of a bill that will set up a groundbreaking hospital price transparency website. The bipartisan bill, SB 900, supported by OAHHS and other stakeholders, passed the legislature on July 6 and is expected to be signed by Governor Kate Brown in coming days.

Bi-partisan Senate Vote Sends Key Health Care Funding Measure to Governor

From the office of Senate President Peter Courtney

The Oregon Senate gave bi-partisan approval Tuesday to a key measure which will provide more than $7 billion in healthcare funding over the next two state budget cycles. House Bill 2395 passed on a 29-1 vote.

2014 Hospital Community Report Highlights Trends in Oregon's Community Hospitals

Apprise Health Insights, a data subsidiary of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, has released its 2014 Oregon Hospital Community Report, detailing utilization and financial trends for the state's acute care hospitals.

Now in its fifth year, the report provides a transparent look at the operations of one of our state's most valuable assets, our community hospitals.

Oregon hospitals spend less on charity care in first quarter, but the picture isn’t all rosy

Uncompensated care at Oregon hospitals plummeted in the first quarter, as hundreds of thousands of previously uninsured joined Medicaid rolls or enrolled in private plans — a bright spot in an otherwise tough environment.

Senate Approves Hospital Provider Tax Extension

Following the Oregon Senate vote today in support of House Bill 2216 to extend the hospital provider tax, the Oregon Health Leadership Council has authorized this statement:

Oregon hospitals invest in community care beyond the uninsured

The November 4 article "Charity care is shortened in Oregon" gives readers an incomplete picture of the tremendous financial investment by Oregon Health & Science University and other health systems to care for Oregon's at-risk populations. The Oregonian's story focused on charity care: hospital costs for the care of people without any insurance at all. However, hospitals also spend tens of millions caring for another population: the underinsured.