PORTLAND, Ore.-Brim, through a joint venture with Oregon Health Sciences University, has opened a new $14 million medical office building on the academic medical center's 16-acre campus. Brim is the venture's general partner-it owns the building and leases space to OHSU and its affiliated physicians, who previously were housed in offices located throughout the medical campus. Brim also is providing long-term property management of the facility, called Physicians' Pavilion. A Brim spokeswoman said the structure was built largely because OHSU had operated with limited and outdated clinic space for many years. OHSU officials expect the medical office building to handle some 450,000 outpatient visits annually.
BOISE, Idaho-Idahoans spend less on healthcare services and get more for their healthcare dollar than residents of almost any other state, Idaho Hospital Association executives said last week. Citing Medicare cost data compiled by the Baltimore healthcare research firm HCIA, officials said Idaho hospitals charge patients less than hospitals in 47 other states and the District of Columbia. According to HCIA data, the average Idaho hospital bill was $4,031, compared with the national average hospital bill of $5,404. "This simply proves what we have known for a long time," said IHA President Steve Millard. "These figures have been adjusted to reflect the relatively lower costs of living and wages here, and the severity of illnesses compared to other parts of the U.S." For the most frequent illnesses for which Medicare patients are hospitalized-heart failure and shock, pneumonia and stress-Idaho ranks 49th, 46th and 50th, respectively, in terms of average charges.
SALT LAKE CITY-Lower disease rates, fewer smokers and less crime help keep the cost of healthcare down in Utah, the Utah Hospital Association has reported. State residents spend an average of $1,784 per person annually for healthcare, 26% lower than the national average of $2,425. Average healthcare costs include the cost for healthcare insurance. The findings were based on data compiled from a 1990 federal General Accounting Office report. Only four states reported lower average costs-Idaho, Mississippi, South Carolina and Wyoming. The association also said hospital charges for older Utahans whose bills are paid by Medicare are 26% lower in Utah than in other U.S. hospitals. In addition, the association cited data from a 1990 Dan Jones & Associates poll that reported that 49% of state residents viewed Utah hospitals more favorably than they did five years ago, while 82% of all residents believe that Utah hospital physicians are concerned about patients.