Oregon Society of Healthcare Executives

June 2015

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 




Message from Your OSHE President - Summer 2015

Dear Colleagues,

The Chinese had an ancient curse to their enemies that said, “May you live in interesting times.” I frankly don’t consider this as a curse, but it certainly is a challenge and may better be stated as living in “uncertain” times.

The American healthcare system is in the midst of incredible change and uncertainty. Much of the uncertainty deals with the financing of healthcare delivery. For example, how will the Supreme Court rule this month in King v. Burwell? What will that do to the Accountable Care Act? Will the CMS move toward value-based payment (see Healthcare Executive May/June 2015 article)? Are we prepared to hit those measures or can we survive with the penalties? And there is the drive to medical homes and addressing life styles and the wellness of any entire population. I could go on and on.

ACHE and OSHE are great professional tools to help us better understand these trends and what, if anything, we need to be doing about them. At a macro level, they help us connect with peers, hear about how other institutions are preparing and addressing these uncertainties. I hope many of you came away from the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership in March with better perspective as well as contacts with other organizations that have taken creative and innovative approaches. On a micro level, I hope that you are taking advantage of the resources of ACHE to sharpen you skill set and take advantage of the changes. There are many tools and certification to help you be the best in the healthcare field regardless of the future.

While it is still a ways off, I hope you will join me and your fellow OSHE members at our OSHE Fall 2015 Meeting on Population Heath on Oct 28 in Salem. We have a great program and panel and a special guest speaker in Edward H. Lamb, FACHE, Chairman-Elect of ACHE. Please look for the email notices and register for a wonderful afternoon of education and connecting with fellow members.

One thing that is certain, come July 4 the rain in Oregon will stop and it will officially be summer. I am looking forward to it and hope you will have a great summer.   



Don C. Glazier, FACHE


Message from your OSHE Administrative Assistant

Hello OSHE Members,

Just a few notes to share:

Save the Date:
OSHE Fall 2015 Meeting
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 12:30pm-5:00pm
Salem, Oregon
Keynote Speaker: Ed Lamb, ACHE Incoming Chairman-Elect
Panel Discussion Topic: Population Health

Job/Career Networking:
Please visit the ACHE Job Center at http://www.ache.org/career.cfm.
Post job openings, review resumes, and more. Make this your first stop when looking to recruit or when exploring new career opportunities.

Webpage and Newsletters:
Visit http://oregon.ache.org/ for newsletters, past and future event information and more!

Sally Cheyne, OSHE Administrative Assistant 


OSHE Fall 2015 Meeting

OSHE Fall 2015 Schedule

12:30pm to 2:00pm
Video Presentation: Becoming Accountable: Achieving Success in Population Health Management
Video Presentation by Bob Edmondson, MPH, FACHE followed by Panelist Comments
(1.5) ACHE Face to Face Education Credits

2:00pm to 3:00pm    Networking Time
3:00pm to 4:00pm    Presentation: Ed Lamb, ACHE

4:00pm to 5:30pm
Panel Discussion: Listening to Employers: How Health Systems Can Support Population Health Management
The continued pressure to manage healthcare costs and maximize workforce productivity has caused employers to broaden their participation in population health management for their employees. Managing the health of a defined population requires attention to issues of access, cost and quality. This program focuses on understanding the needs of employers in managing workforce health and discusses how healthcare organizations can partner with and support employers in population health management.
(1.5) ACHE Face to Face Education Credits



OSHE Fall 2015 Meeting Brochure


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