Hospitals to Legislature, Governor: Punitive Cuts Will Cause Disruptions

After the Oregon Senate passed legislation today to move forward with a series of devastating payment cuts to Oregon’s community hospitals under the guise of cost containment, hospital leaders from around the state joined with hundreds of concerned Oregonians to warn of devastating consequences. The purported $190 million in cost savings in SB 1067 is based on a flawed method of tying public employee and school employee health benefit hospital rates to a percentage of Medicare.

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: 

New study reports prices of medical procedures among Oregon hospitals

A new report issued by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) details the median amounts paid by commercial insurers for the most common inpatient and outpatient procedures that were performed in Oregon hospitals in 2014. Drawing on data collected in the All Payer All Claims (APAC) database, the report shows variation in prices for the same procedures among hospitals operating in the same region and across the state.

Hospitals Lead the Way On Price Transparency

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There is no other sector of the economy like health care: one that does so much good for the people it serves, yet causes as much confusion and frustration about the price of its services.

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.

AHA Announces New President & CEO

The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Board of Trustees has named Rick Pollack as its next president and chief executive officer. A 32-year veteran of the AHA, Pollack will succeed Richard J. Umbdenstock, who announced his retirement in November and will retire at the end of 2015. Since 1991, Pollack has served as AHA’s executive vice president for advocacy and public policy responsible for the development, implementation and management of the association’s advocacy, representation and public affairs activities. He will step into his new role in September.

Oregon Hospitals Launch New Price Transparency Initiative

The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS), which represents all of Oregon’s community hospitals, today announced that it has developed a new price transparency initiative.

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”: 

OAHHS Board of Trustees Urges Hospitals to Adopt Hard-Stop Policy on Early Elective Deliveries

At their December 14, 2012, meeting, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) Board of Trustees adopted a resolution to eliminate early elective deliveries at all Oregon hospitals. This recommendation from the OAHHS Quality Committee means that OAHHS and its Board will encourage and provide resources for every Oregon hospital to adopt a hard-stop policy in the first quarter of 2013 to prevent early elective deliveries (EED).