— March 2019 Issue —
THE BUSINESS REVIEW
The Official Digital Monthly Publication of
The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County
"HELPING BUSINESS SUCCEED"
Healthcare
IN THIS ISSUE
OREGON UPDATE
Providence Heart Program Hoping To Fill Void Left By OHSU
By Jeff Manning and Molly Harbarger | The Oregonian/OregonLive | February 12, 2019
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Providence is trying to fill a hole in the market created by last year’s implosion of the heart transplant program at crosstown rival Oregon Health & Sciences University. OHSU halted its heart transplant program after the exodus of several key cardiologists for reasons Pill Hill officials have never explained.
If A Wealth Tax Is Such A Good Idea, Why Did Europe Kill Theirs?
By Greg Rosalsky, NPR | February 26, 2019
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In late January, Senator Elizabeth Warren, who’s in the race to become president in 2020, added a new kind of tax to the American conversation, causing anxious pacing on superyachts in every port: a wealth tax.
Oregon Cap & Trade Proposal Could Lead To Sharp And Immediate Increase In Natural Gas Bills
NEWS PROVIDED BY NW Gas Association | February 26, 2019
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The Northwest Gas Association (NWGA) released an analysis that shows significant impacts for Oregon natural gas consumers from the climate action proposal being debated by the Legislature.
Top 8 Healthcare Predictions For 2019
BY REENITA DAS, CONTRIBUTOR | FORBES | NOVEMBER 13, 2018
What can you look forward to in healthcare in 2019? The debate expects to get hotter between AI vs. Physicians, Consumer vs. Clinical, Human empathy vs. Machine Intelligence as many new players enter the ecosystem
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The $22 Billion Question: Understanding PERS
BY DAVE MILLER AND JULIE SABATIER, OPB | JANUARY 10, 2019
Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System is in billions of dollars of trouble. But it's not just an abstract number: this is a story about real people’s lives and it affects all Oregonians.
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creating a strong economy
When The Waiting Room Is Your Living Room
BY JANET MORRISSEY, THE NEW YORK TIMES | JANUARY 24, 2019
Businesses can deliver everything on demand, from dinner to dry cleaning. Some will even show up at your door to give you cupcakes or walk your dog. Now, entrepreneurs are exploring a growing niche: health care.
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United States: Healthcare IT Insights – Winter 2019
BY BROOKS DEXTER, ERIC COBURN, PHILIP SMITH, ADAM STORMOEN AND JORDAN LAMPOS, DUFF AND PHELPS | FEBRUARY 26, 2019
M&A activity in 2018 remained healthy in the $40 billion wellness sector. Big players used M&A to get bigger, and private equity investors played both sides of the trade–selling assets to realize gains and buying platforms to effect consolidation.
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Providence, Catholic Organizations Plan To Cut Homelessness By 20 Percent
BY MOLLY HARBARGER | THE OREGONIAN/OREGONLIVE | FEBRUARY 21, 2019
The Christian “one body, many parts” doctrine includes homeless people, said officials with three Catholic organizations Wednesday. They announced a goal to make sure that 300 people who are living on the street are as safe and healthy as the bodies of parishioners who warm church pews.
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representing
business issues
2019 Oregon Legislative Session Overview
CHAMBER LEGISLATIVE REVIEW By JWA, Public Affairs
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In a conversation with a long serving Democrat Senator, I heard a resounding theme on the work of the 2019 Oregon Legislative session. “Like most days, my schedule is packed every 15 minutes with meetings when I’m not in committee. This is the busiest session I’ve ever seen….”
Legislation would set stage for universal health care in Oregon
LEGISLATIVE REVIEw: By Rick Osborn, Senate Majority Office
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Nearly 40 members of the Oregon Legislature are leading the charge on a bill that would set the stage for universal health care in Oregon.
Oregon housing squeeze sets stage for statewide rent control
By Andrew Selsky, Associated Press
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Faced with a housing shortage and skyrocketing rents, Oregon is poised to become the first state to impose mandatory rent controls, with a measure establishing tenant protections moving swiftly through the Legislature.
Oregon State Representative Proposes New Mental Health Centers
By Lincoln Graves, KATU News
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Oregon state Rep. Cedric Hayden, R-Roseburg, has proposed a pilot project of mental health service centers across Oregon.
promoting the community
Tourism To U.S. Under Trump Is Down, Costing $4.6B And 40,000 Jobs
BY BEN POPKEN | JANUARY 23, 2018
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Travel to the U.S. has been on the decline ever since President Donald Trump took office, and new data from the Commerce Department shows the slump translates to a cost of $4.6 billion in lost spending and 40,000 jobs, according to an analysis by the U.S. Travel Association.
Southern Oregon Music Festival Continues Music Education
BY RICHE GARZA | FEBRUARY 5, 2019
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Organizers of the Southern Oregon Music Festival have submitted a grant application to the Medford Arts Commission.
Chamber Day At The Capitol
Date: Wednesday March 20, 2019
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A delegation of Chamber members will travel to Salem to meet with legislative leaders and our southern Oregon legislative members to discuss The Chamber's pro-business agenda. Participants will also view House and Senate sessions and take a tour of the State Capitol.
local spotlight
Asante Behavioral Health Initiative
Asante Foundation
Healing is possible for behavioral health patients through emotionally intelligent, collaborative, and supportive environments. That is exactly the environment the Behavioral Health Initiative sets out to create.
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Local American Family Insurance Agency Owner Lyle McCaw Earns Top Honor For Customer Service
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Lyle McCaw, an American Family Insurance agency owner in Medford Oregon, has been recognized for providing an outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program.
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Regence's Angela Dowling Discusses Oregon's Evolving Health Care Needs And Expectations
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Today’s consumers expect easy, near-instant access to everything, including transportation, food and, increasingly, health care. With advancements in telehealth technology and the growing adoption of on-demand services, it’s also easier than ever for people to access care on their own terms.
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Gemstone Alchemy
business profile
Experience beautiful handcrafted jewelry that is much more than just jewelry. Gemstone Alchemy offers one-of-a-kind pieces that enhance energy in your life and business by helping you tap your inner strengths and talents.
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Dan Mish, Greeter Of The Month
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
"In home therapy for you and your dog" DDM Canine Counseling
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THE COACH IS IN
5 Senior Health Care Realities
By Russ Kuhn, MAML University Development Counselor Grand Canyon University, Medford
Health care is a fast-evolving complex field faced with many challenges, including caring for the elderly. The retirement industry is very large in Medford. In fact, according to the City of Medford, 18% of its local population is 65-years-old and above.
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FEATURED ARTICLES
Chamber Day At The Capitol
Date: Wednesday March 20, 2019
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A delegation of Chamber members will travel to Salem to meet with legislative leaders and our southern Oregon legislative members to discuss The Chamber's pro-business agenda. Participants will also view House and Senate sessions and take a tour of the State Capitol.
Asante Behavioral Health Initiative
Asante Foundation
Healing is possible for behavioral health patients through emotionally intelligent, collaborative, and supportive environments. That is exactly the environment the Behavioral Health Initiative sets out to create.
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