Oregon Society of Healthcare Executives - June 2015  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Message from your OSHE Regent - Summer 2015
•  Message from Your OSHE President - Summer 2015
•  Message from your OSHE Administrative Assistant
•  OSHE Fall 2015 Meeting


Message from your OSHE Regent - Summer 2015


Dear ACHE Colleagues,

I am pleased to assume the responsibility as your Regent, serving a three-year term.

I’d first like to express my appreciation and thanks to David Triebes, CEO at Samaritan Albany General Hospital, who recently completed his three-year term as Regent. Dave did an outstanding job in that role and he has been very helpful in facilitating a smooth transition for me.

As my term gets underway, work is underway for the next Continuing Education program (see related article in this issue of the newsletter) as well as other opportunities for professional development, networking, and best practices in our region and beyond.

Toward that end, I would like to reference and provide quick updates on several key bills that are currently moving through the Oregon Legislature and have direct impact on us all. With the May revenue forecast now in hand, along with the recent Oregon Supreme Court decision concerning PERS benefits for retirees, the pace will pick up toward adjournment in June or July. Among the bills we are watching:

* SB 469: Nurse Staffing. This bill affects the way hospitals staff their nursing units. Collaborative efforts between hospitals and nurses have resulted in several amendments that improve the bill, which is currently in the Ways & Means Subcommittee for Human Services.
* SB 900: Price Transparency. This is a priority bill for the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS). It requires the Oregon Health Authority to post hospital inpatient and outpatient pricing information on its website. The bill is currently in the Ways & Means Subcommittee for Human Services.
* SB 901: Direct Pay. Another priority bill for OAHHS, SB 901requires insurers to pay providers directly. Amendments being considered address third party payers, which is an issue for Ambulatory Surgery Centers. The bill had a hearing in the House Health Care Committee on May 7.
* HB 3034: Property Tax Exemption. This bill, currently in the House Revenue Committee, would impact nonprofit health service providers as it relates to paying property taxes.

The weekly OAHHS Legislative webinars (offered each Thursday at noon) provide ongoing status updates and progress reports on these bills and others affecting healthcare providers.

I look forward to serving as your Regent. Please let me know how I help you optimize your ACHE membership.


Marty Cahill, FACHE

COO, Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital
E-mail: mcahill@samhealth.org
Phone: 541-451-6441