May 2017

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State Legislative Update 

As we round the final corner of the legislative session, tension in the capitol building has continued as the legislature addresses the major unsolved issues: the budget holes, potential PERS reform, potential tax reform and a transportation package.

The hole in the Medicaid budget is front and center. Hospitals are spending significant time with key legislators and, the Governor, and others in the health care community in search of solutions. All share the same goal of preserving Oregon’s Medicaid program as it currently exists, but achieving the goal in a sustainable way is proving difficult. Hospitals believe that our mantra in finding solutions must be "first do no harm." 

During this final push of the legislative session, our Oregon hospital community will need to lend a hand in advocating on the critical issues that may affect our ability to achieve the triple aim of better patient experience, lower costs, and a healthier population.


Join us at the Oregon MACRA Playbook Conference 

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On June 22nd, OAHHS will join in sponsoring the Oregon MACRA Playbook Conference: Medicare's Quality Payment Program and the Move to Value-Based Care - a daylong conference with local and national speakers sharing the latest on the implementation of the Medicare Quality Payment Program, and how it is aligning with other value-based payment efforts. This conference will build upon OAHHS' previous member education on MACRA, which is making sweeping changes to how Medicare pays for physician services.

When: June 22, 2017

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Where: The Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR9 7205

Registration closes June 9, 2017. 

Further Resources:

OAHHS has been conducting member education on this topic. Past presentations as well as resources can be found on the OAHHS website. Visit our MACRA Resource Page for additional information.


USDA accepting applications for rural telemedicine grants

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Hospitals and others can apply through July 17 for grants of up to $500,000 each for equipment and technical assistance to provide telemedicine services in rural areas, the Department of Agriculture announced today.

The fiscal year 2017 grants are through the Rural Utilities Service Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program, which provides funds to improve telemedicine and distance learning services in rural areas. Applicants must serve a rural area, demonstrate economic need and provide at least 15% in matching funds.

For more on the program and how to apply, visit www.rd.usda.gov.


AHA Conference Wrap Up

A 16-member delegation representing 22 of Oregon's hospitals attended the annual American Hospital Association's annual meeting in Washington, DC last week. In addition to hearing from members of AHA leadership, members of Congress and political commentators, the group met with Senators Wyden and Merkley and other staff from the House offices.

They engaged in conversations around ACA reform, the implications of the AHCA, the 340B program and current financial trends surrounding health care.

Hospital Spotlight

Adventist Health held its annual employee service awards banquet this month with five employees being recognized for more than 40 years of service.

Asante was named one of the nation’s 15 top U.S. health systems by Truven Health Analytics for the fifth consecutive year.

Good Shepherd Health Care System partnered with its clinical and technology partner, Carena, to open a new virtual clinic that provides 24/7 access to healthcare with support from OAHHS' RHRI program.

Grande Ronde Hospital began a six-month project to transition existing computer systems into Epic.

Bay Area Hospital held a community-wide ribbon cutting ceremony for their new Total Joint Destination Center.

Kaiser Permanente's Sunnyside and Westside Medical Centers earned the Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. 

Legacy Health's hospitals were recognized for LGBTQ care equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Legacy Meridian Park and Dr. Chris Nanson were the first in Oregon to perform a state-of-art, robotic total knee replacement surgery.

Mercy Medical Center was recently named one of the 2017 Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals in the nation, according to the National Rural Health Association. 

Mid-Columbia Medical Center's Home Health CNA, Matt Austin, received Oregon's "2017 Home Health Aide of the Year Award" by the Oregon Association of Home Care.

OHSU's Zach Harris, M.B.A., F.A.C.H.E., and Andrew Watson, Ph.D., C.L.P., have been named to the Portland Business Journal’s 2017 "Forty under 40" class.

Providence Health and Services have earned the Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth for seven of its hospitals', recognizing its efforts to make the hospital more environmentally sustainable.

Salem Health was awarded Best Hospital, Best Place to Have a Baby, and Best Surgery Center in the Statesman Journal’s 2017 Best of the Mid-Valley People’s Choice Awards.

Tuality Healthcare was also awarded a Gold Plus stroke award for outstanding stroke care of patients by the AHA for the sixth straight year.

Wallowa Memorial Hospital was named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital by iVantage Health Analytics.

Does your hospital have any noteworthy news to share? Contact Jamie Opra at jopra@oahhs.org and we'll include you in the next issue of Hospital View.