Sponsored by Oregon Business

Searching for a Cure

| Print |  Email
Articles - July/August 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014

The Big Pill

The Oregon coordinated-care solution seeks to align hospital and doctor incentives. “Everybody has looked out for themselves. That’s the way the system was built,” observes Davidson. “Breaking down those walls, you have hope for creating a system that’s incented to do less with less.”

There’s one problem: Not all the walls have come down. Drug companies and medical-equipment manufacturers, for instance, remain outside the purview of reform, despite the fact that their products are huge drivers of health care costs. “Oregon hospitals and physicians have bought into this concept, but drug companies and medical-equipment manufacturers clearly have not — and they threaten to sink it,” says Dannenhoffer.

He points to a $1,000 pill: a new hepa­titis-C drug he calls useful but ridiculously priced. “It’s hard to live within a 3% or 4% increase a year when some of the component costs are going up at a far greater rate.”

Long-term care providers, too, have managed to avoid transformation. “They negotiated a great political deal to not be included,” Davidson notes.

But health care reform is inherently political and therefore requires compromise. “We can’t let the perfect be the enemy of good,” says Davidson. “Drugs aren’t in. Durable medical equipment’s not in. Long-term care’s not in. And we need to have policy conversations about adding them in. But we had to do something to get everybody in the same tent.”


More Articles

The Love Boat

November/December 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Vigor’s values don’t stop at truth. Walk into a company office, conference room or on any shipyard site and you’ll most likely see a poster inscribed with the words “Truth. Responsibility. Evolution. Love.” Otherwise known as TREL, Vigor’s culture code and the prominence it is accorded can be a bit surprising to the unsuspecting shipyard visitor.


Planter's Punch

November/December 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Molly Rogers believes she has found the solution to excessively syrupy cocktail mixes. She first just needs people to understand her product isn’t foliage.


Have a baby and keep a job? It won’t be easy in Portland

The Latest
Friday, October 02, 2015
100115kimblogthumbBY KIM MOORE

Our intrepid (and expecting) research editor finds the child care search involves long waiting lists, costly fees and no certainty of securing a place before she goes back to work.


Photo Log: #TillamookSmile

The Latest
Friday, October 30, 2015
103015-cheesethumbBY CHRIS NOBLE | ART DIRECTOR

Against a changing backdrop Patrick Criseter’s infectious grin remained constant. It’s a cheesy (pun intended) beam that begs for a hashtag.


Make the business case, governor

Linda Baker
Thursday, November 05, 2015
aoikatebrownthumbBY LINDA BAKER

Gov. Kate Brown delivered the keynote speech at the Associated Oregon Industries annual policy forum yesterday.  Speaking to a Republican-aligned audience of about 100 business and public policy leaders, the governor was out of her comfort zone.


Where Do We Go from Here?

Guest Blog
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
102115-thumbBY JASON NORRIS | CFA

Volatility reigned supreme over the summer. The old Wall Street adage of, “Sell in May and go away,” was prophetic in 2015.


Straight shooter

Linda Baker
Thursday, October 08, 2015
100815-bradleyBY LINDA BAKER

In an era dominated by self-promotion and marketing speak, John Bradley, CEO of R&H Construction, is a breath of fresh air.

Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02