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Though some plans gained membership, overall 91,658 people left the commercial health insurance market in the first three months of 2016

More than 90,000 Oregonians left traditional health insurance plans in the first three months of 2016, a further sign of the continuing turmoil the Affordable Care Act has introduced to the industry.

May 18 2016
Financial reports reveal inner finances of Oregon’s 16 CCOs through the 2015 calendar year

Oregon’s 16 community care organizations were largely profitable in 2015, with one exception – FamilyCare – posting a small loss that it’s more than able to absorb, according to full-year financial statements published by the Oregon Health Authority.

May 13 2016
An analysis of three proposals from technology vendors who have successfully operated eligibility and enrollment websites for other states showed that these options will cost slightly more than the federal government’s website. Meanwhile, the SHOP exchange for small businesses may be put off until 2019.

Oregon will be sticking with the federal health insurance website healthcare.gov for the forseeable future, after a state agency found that switching to another state’s enrollment platform would cost more than paying the feds for use of healthcare.gov.

The Oregon Insurance Division has scheduled rate review conference calls for health benefit plans to be sold in plan year 2016. The schedule is:

Some CCO health plans, including FamilyCare and CareOregon, have set up a global payment for child abuse services similar to the global package for pregnancy. But other CCOs won’t even take the centers’ phone calls, which was mandated by the 2015 Legislature.

A year after the Legislature mandated that the Oregon Health Authority and commercial insurers adequately compensate child abuse centers for medical assessments, very few health plans and coordinated care organizations have complied.

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Harold Miller, President and CEO of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, will keynote the June 24 event.

What are the potential cost impacts to employers, physicians and other stakeholders by changing our healthcare payment system?

Our July 13 breakfast forum will take on the Medicare for All Plan advocated by Sanders and also take a counter approach that looks at our current healthcare system in Oregon.

With the Democratic National Convention just two months away, what’s likely to happen to the Medicare for All Plan advocated by Bernie Sanders? Will healthcare reform remain in the forefront of national and state policy discussions?

Union-backed group passes 88,184 needed to qualify for vote

The union-backed Our Oregon has surpassed the threshold for signatures required to place a corporate sales tax measure on November’s ballot.

In his recent book, “The Finest Traditions of My Calling,” Dr. Abraham Nussbaum, 41, makes the case that doctors and patients alike are being shortchanged by current medical practices that emphasize population-based standards of care rather than individual patient needs and experiences.

Amid a raging opioid epidemic, many doctors and families in the U.S. have been pleading for better treatment alternatives.

A broad proposal by Medicare to change the way it pays for some drugs has drawn intense reaction and lobbying, with much of the debate centering on whether the plan gives t

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. — Every movement needs a champion, and in the largely rural counties of western North Carolina, Richie Tannerhill is a champion of the recovery-oriented care movement for people with mental health and substance abuse issues.

The company isn’t disclosing how much was spent on the launch but had received several rounds of funding.

Cambia Health Solutions is keeping mum about how much was spent to launch its latest subsidiary which has been closed down, Engima Health, which was intended to help physicians diagnose mysterious symptoms such as headaches and originally called Muse.

New survey data show that, as of March 2016, 15.5 million fewer adults between 18 and 64 are uninsured compared to September 2013 (a 43.8% reduction).