September 2016

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Population Health Management certificate available to rural providers

Thanks to a grant from the State of Oregon, special funding has been made available for rural health providers in Oregon to earn a certificate of rural population health management.

This webcast series was created to engage hospitals, health clinics and other rural providers to help them transition to a value-based, population health management environment.

The program will take place over three webcasts: Sept. 27, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6, and will include three 60-minute lectures with a voluntary 45-minute small-group coaching session. The certificate series is offered at no cost to attendees.

To learn more about the program and to register, click here.

Apprise Health Insights launches quarterly newsletter

Apprise Health Insights has launched The Hospital Data Connection, a quarterly newsletter aimed at keeping hospitals up-to-date on the Oregon health care data landscape.

As a subsidiary of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS), Apprise's mission is to serve hospitals by collecting hospital quality and discharge data, creating relevant analyses, and administering analytic platforms to help hospitals make informed decisions.

The Hospital Data Connection will provide updates on Apprise’s most recent analyses and remind hospitals of important dates for Apprise's data-collection programs. It will also link to articles of interest.

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New POLST resources available

In recent years, the state task force on POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) has been assisting the National POLST Paradigm, whose mission is to foster the development and improvement of POLST programs nationwide. In its collaboration, the Oregon POLST Task Force is sharing new informational items:

To download a best practice recommendation for integrating POLST forms with electronic health records, click here.

To view the National POLST Paradigm's updated website, click here.

To download a file showing Oregon hospital submissions to the POLST registry from 2010 to June 2016, click here.

Report offers insight into Oregon's Medicaid program

The Oregon Health Authority released its first quarterly report on the state's Coordinated Care Organizations, which administer services to Oregon's 1.1 million Medicaid members.

Among other findings, the report states that 15 of the 16 CCOs earned 100 percent of funds from a performance incentive program; emergency department visits have decreased; and hospitals that increased collaboration with CCOs experienced significant improvement on some quality measures.

To read the report, click here.

MACRA webcast will cover changes in Medicare reimbursement

V2V Management Solutions will host a webcast at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, also known as MACRA.

"Beyond MACRA: Preparing for the Future of Health Care" will cover the basics of MACRA and discuss how MACRA will impact future reimbursement.

To register, click here.

July unemployment up despite health care job gains

Oregon's unemployment rate rose in July to 5.2 percent, up from 4.8 percent a month prior, according to the Oregon Employment Department. The rise comes after record lows of 4.5 percent in March, April and May.

Despite the higher rate, several sectors, with health care adding 2,100 jobs, a 3.4 percent rise.

The state's rate is higher than the national rate of 4.9 percent for the first time in 2016.

Learn more by clicking here.

Hospital Spotlight

Adventist Health has signed a letter of intent to join OHSU Partners.

Adventist Health opened an urgent care clinic at its Parkrose Medical Plaza in Portland.

CHI St. Anthony Hospital welcomed J.D. Ward, DO to its family clinic.

Good Shepherd Health Care System welcomed obstetrician and gynecologist Allison Khavkin, MD.

Mid-Columbia Medical Center's CEO, Duane Francis, will retire on Oct. 31.

Mid-Columbia Medical Center installed no-postage-needed payment drop boxes next to The Dalles Disposal, City of The Dalles and Northern Wasco PUD payment drop-boxes.

PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Hospital chief administrative officer, Tim Herrmann, was named one of the top 50 "Critical Access Hospital CEOs to Know" by Becker’s Hospital Review.

PeaceHealth Medical Group welcomed Jaswinder Singh (hospitalist), Damon Sevart (physician assistant), and Victoria Mayfield (certified nurse midwife).

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center was recertified by The Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Salem Health will open the Let’s All Play Place therapy and community play area next week on the Salem Health campus.

Samaritan Health Services was recognized as Oregon's Healthiest Employer in the category of employers with at least 1,500 workers.

Tuality Healthcare will open an Endoscopy Center next week at its Seventh Avenue Medical Plaza.

Tuality Healthcare's Cardiac Services team received the American Heart Association's Mission Lifeline Gold Plus Award and The Joint Commission's Chest Pain Certification.

Willamette Valley Medical Center welcomed general surgeon and breast specialist Dr. Steven Giss.

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