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Study: State hospital regulations increasing healthcare costs

LAKE OSWEGO, Oregon – Oregon hospitals face 2,100 state regulations and a study finds they cost hospitals $126 million in 2017.

“Money that could go towards patient care goes to fulfilling some of those compliance requirements instead,” David Northfield, spokesman for the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems said.

Northfield said there are important regulations, but in some cases they’re duplicated and they want the state to do a review.

“Work with the folks who have to implement the regulations to make sure that there actually easy to put into place,” Northfield said.

In 2017 and 2018, new laws put 45 regulations into place in Oregon.  The report said in some cases record keeping takes a higher priority than patient care.

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