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CEOs pin their hopes on value-based health plans that debut next year

 October 27, 2009 -- The public option debated in Congress won’t gain any traction with Oregon’s insurance executives who keep comparing the proposal to traditional Medicare, claiming it’s a broken system in need of serious repair.

Oct 27 2009
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The Regence president contends it's a better fit than Providence for public employees

May 21, 2009 -- After losing a multi-million dollar contract it’s held for over 20 years, Regence BlueCross BlueShield is fighting back. It’s trying to persuade officials that they made a serious mistake by choosing their competitor, Providence Health Plans, as the statewide PPO for 102,507 public employees and their dependents. 

May 21 2009
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Two competing dental plans have taken off their crowns in the hope of building a bridge together

May 21, 2009 -- Advantage Dental Services led by Mike Shirtcliff, DMD, its president, has filed paperwork to purchase Hayden Family Dentistry Group, which is owned by Cedric Hayden, DDS. Both plans serve Oregon Health Plan clients.
May 21 2009
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Oregon is poised to become the third state in the nation allowing psychologists to prescribe drugs

May 21, 2009 --  Despite intense lobbying pressure from organized medicine – including the Oregon Pediatric Society, the Oregon Psychiatric Association and the Oregon Medical Association – legislators may be close to declaring victory.

May 21 2009
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Carter and Buckley are making both a humane and prudent choice for mental health and chemical dependency.
May 21, 2009 -- The fastest way to get up to speed on how Oregon spends its mental health dollar is to cruise the executive summary of the December 2008 report, Assessment and Evaluation of the Mental Health Care Delivery System in Oregon. This report was prepared at the request of the state legislature by the Public Consulting Group, a Boston-based management consulting firm.
May 21 2009
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Think of a national Kaiser Permanente with a delightful foreign accent

May 21, 2009 -- Our healthcare system is morbidly obese. We outspend by at least two-to-one every other comparable country and still manage to underperform. The industry’s latest promise to trim an amount equal to less than 10% of current annual spending each year for the next ten years barely nudges that ratio. Our system serves as the world’s model for what not to do. 

May 21 2009
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We've compiled a list of useful links where you can learn more about the healthcare industry and search for complaint records.
If you thought navigating the healthcare system was hard, try finding financial information about the industry, or what's happening with insurance rates or hospital quality data. We sifted the Internet and put together this list of resources. 
Oct 22 2008
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The following are useful tools to keep your body healthy and your wallet whole.
Oct 22 2008
Len Nichols

Associated Press
WASHINGTON March 24, 2009 — The health insurance industry offered Tuesday for the first time to curb its controversial practice of charging higher premiums to people with a history of medical problems.
 

Oct 22 2008
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A former hospital and health plan leader calls for individual responsibility
Perhaps we’re on the edge of significant change. Indeed we’ve reached a tipping point where anything must be better than this.
Oct 22 2008

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