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First-quarter results show only Providence profitable among the state’s largest insurers, while Moda, Regence, Kaiser all grow membership despite financial losses

Oregon’s health insurance companies seem to be putting membership growth ahead of profitability.

May 20 2015
A constitutional amendment sitting in the Senate Rules Committee would put limits on campaign contributions

Healthcare advocates say a bill making its way through the Legislature that would allow Oregonians to put limits on campaign contributions is key to reforming the health industry.

May 20 2015
He’ll become vice president of sales in early June

Jim Walton is returning to Regence BlueCross BlueShield in early June, after leaving the health plan to become the chief operating officer and vice president at KPD Insurance, a brokerage firm in Eugene, a position he held since January.

The Roseburg pediatrician was fired as CEO of Architrave Health in February.

Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, who was fired as CEO of Architrave Health in February, is now the interim CEO of the Umpqua Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center that provides medical, dental and behavioral health services to more than 10,000 low-income and uninsured residents in Roseburg, Myrtle Creek, Sutherland and Glide. He expects to remain in this position for several months, but has no plans to become the permanent CEO.

The hearings begin June 23 in Salem and people can either attend in person or viewed online.

ATRIO Health Plans, based in Salem, landed the first spot on the calendar for its rate review hearing before the Oregon Insurance Division.

On June 23, the Division will also consider rate requests from Health Republic, PacificSource and LIfeWise.

The CO-OP provides financial "Wellness Rewards" to its members.

Prevention and wellness are often overwhelmed by more urgent and expensive healthcare problems. But, Oregon’s Health CO-OP, a consumer-driven plan, decided to reward its members to stay healthy.

People appealing a denial of Social Security benefits need their medical records to prove they’re disabled. But healthcare entities often charge hundreds of dollars to get those records.

People with disabilities are often caught in a Kafkaesque situation when it comes to receiving disability benefits from the federal government: they need the safety-net money because their disability makes them poor.

A group of surgical technologists, or scrub techs, pushed House Bill 2876 to require standards for their profession and close a potential gap in patient safety. They’ve been after education and certification requirements for at least 15 years, and now a law is likely to take effect next year.

It’s been a long time coming, but legislation looks promising that will require Oregon hospitals and clinics to use only certified “scrub techs” or surgical technologists.

The state’s largest coordinated care organization is looking for a behavioral health program manager.

At Health Share of Oregon, we believe everyone, regardless of income or background, deserves access to the best healthcare possible. Our mission is to improve the overall health and wellness of Oregon Health Plan members living in the Tri-County Metro area.

In this article, the seventh in the series on reducing healthcare cost while improving quality, Dr. Michael Rohwer explains the role of the Community Value System (CVS) in fulfilling the purpose of healthcare.

OPINION- Perhaps a brief summary of some key points from past articles would be a good way to begin. Here goes.

People who have been traumatized at a young age have their lives shortened by 20 years, according to Jane Stevens, who spoke in Portland recently.

Trapped in a culture of blame, shame and punishment, too many people are thrown in jail, suspended from school and re-traumatized in caregiving situations when what they need is understanding what’s happened to them, nurturing safety and a chance to heal themselves.

Research underscores the need for stronger regulations over ingredients used in salon products

National women’s health organization, Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE), has unearthed new data on the use of toxic chemicals in nail products.