Gov. Brown should veto lawmakers' punitive approach to cost controls

By Andy Davidson

Hospitals have been steadfast partners for many years on problems our state has faced. When asked to help close the nearly billion dollar Medicaid budget gap this year, Oregon hospitals stepped up and responded to the call. But rather than gaining them good will, the legislature mere weeks later passed nearly $200 million in additional cuts to hospitals that will devastate their ability to provide quality, accessible health care. This punitive approach to governing is at odds with the normal model of collectively working to solve Oregon's problems.

Oregon Nurses, Physicians and Hospitals Respond to House Vote on AHCA

Today, members of the U.S. House of Representative voted to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill which significantly alters the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and jeopardizes health coverage for the more than 400,000 Oregonians who gained health insurance coverage through the ACA.

The Oregon Medical Association (OMA), the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) oppose the current version of the AHCA, which would decrease Oregonians’ access to health care services. 

Special Statement on Election Results from Andy Davidson, president and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

The following is a statement by Andy Davidson, president and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, regarding the outcome of the state and national elections and the impacts on health care: 

OAHHS transparency effort helps patients get a clearer view of hospital costs

Hospitals understand that patients want information about prices in advance of care. For that reason,  not only has every Oregon hospital committed to providing a cost estimate for hospital services within three business days, they have also begun putting their price data online. These two proactive endeavors are aimed at giving Oregonians as much information about potential costs as is possible.

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.

Oregon’s Hospitals and Legislators Applaud Passage of Update to Nurse Staffing Law

Today the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) joined Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson in applauding the passage of Senate Bill 469 in the Oregon Legislature. The bill, which passed the legislature yesterday, will update and clarify Oregon’s nurse staffing law. Oregon hospitals and the legislators involved in this work focused on the goal of ensuring patient safety and appropriate staffing levels in Oregon’s community hospitals while preserving the flexibility that the modern health care delivery environment demands.

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.

U.S. Senate passes 12-month physician fix bill

Last night the U.S. Senate, by a 64 to 34 margin, approved legislation that would prevent a 24 percent Medicare physician payment cut scheduled for April 1. The bill now goes to the White House for President Obama's signature.

In addition to preventing Medicare physician payment cuts through April 1, 2015, the bill also includes a number of other Medicare and Medicaid provisions:

Governor Kitzhaber Announces Agreement Between Hospitals and SEIU to Engage Frontline Workers and Improve Care

Today Governor Kitzhaber announced that Legacy Health, Providence Health & Services, OHSU, PeaceHealth, Kaiser Permanente NW, and the Oregon Nurses Association have agreed to meet with SEIU and the Governor’s Office to accelerate progress toward the health care “Triple Aim”: 

CMS announces RAC program changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two updates related to its procurement of the next round of Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) contracts. These changes are small steps in the right direction, but more reform is necessary to alleviate the significant burden hospitals bear as a result of RAC audits.