Lack of in-patient psychiatric beds leads to many patients spending days in hospital emergency department. OAHHS has sponsored SB 140 to start conversations on permanent solutions to a complex community problem.
In the ECONorthwest 2019 economic impact report, Oregon community hospitals again showed they play a critical role in the economic health across the state, particularly in rural Oregon.
Oregon’s hospitals contributed $2.3 billion in community benefit to the communities they serve in 2017, a record amount. That comes at the same time Oregon has achieved one of the highest rates of healthcare coverage in the nation at close to 95 percent.
OAHHS sends praise to state lawmakers, who passed HB 2010. The bill provides the bulk of the funding the state's Medicaid program for the next six years. The funding comes through a package of health care taxes, including the hospital provider tax and the commercial insurance premium tax. The bill now goes to the governor, who is expected to sign it.
OAHHS posts new price data for common hospital procedures on the Oregon Hospital Guide website. This tool allows patients to compare prices among hospitals as they make decisions on the procedures. It's a demonstration by OAHHS of the association's commitment to transparency.