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March 4, 2010 -- As the consumer liaison in the Insurance Division, Rachel Oh works with a staff of advocates to help people answer their insurance questions or file complaints against insurers or insurance agents. 
 
Mar 4 2010
The Lund Report

March 4, 2010 -- Randy Cline has become chief marketing officer for Willamette Dental. In that role he’s responsible for strategic growth, health plan partnerships and overall business development and expansion efforts.
 
Prior to joining Willamette Dental he was Chief Operating Officer of Clear One Health Plans, and earlier held executive positions with Regence BlueCross Blues Shield and BlueCross BlueShield of Montana.
Mar 4 2010
The Lund Report
Evraz, Inc. NA, formerly known as Oregon Steel Mills, will offer the plan to its employees next January

Feb 25 2010
The Lund Report
The sale of for-profit Clear One to PacificSource nets investors big money
February 25, 2010 – Although the sale of Clear One Health Plans by PacificSource Health Plans awaits approval by state regulators, documents filed with the Insurance Division express very clearly who will benefit from the $46 million acquisition: hospitals and physicians.
 
Feb 25 2010
The Lund Report
Not surprisingly, closing one of the Oregon legislature’s most longstanding “scope-of-practice” issues still feels unresolved
February 25, 2010 -- Beginning in July of next year, licensed psychologists may gain the right to prescribe certain mental health drugs under a bill (Senate Bill 1046) that passed the Oregon House and Senate this week. Everything hinges on whether Gov.
Feb 25 2010
Salem Hospital
Officials say cuts target managers, in an effort to keep staff for patient care

From the Statesman Journal.com
February 19, 2010 -- Salem Health and its Salem Hospital have eliminated at least 43 full-time equivalent positions, and more employees are working shorter weeks.

For the first time in nine years, Salem's largest private employer is facing cutbacks to avoid a budget deficit, but the hospital does not expect to cut any more jobs.

Feb 24 2010
The Lund Report
Two LA Times stories investigate the financing and regulatory malfeasance of Anthem and parent Wellpoint

February 24, 2010 -- The recent focus on Anthem Blue Cross in California for excessive rate increases mirrors much of our reporting at The Lund Report about premium increases in Oregon.

Today, WellPoint CEO Angela Braly faced questioning by Congress. And yesterday an LA Times article focused attention on Anthem's financial arrangements with its Wall Street masters. Another Times article documents alleged regulatory violations by California's largest insurer.

Feb 24 2010
The Lund Report
The hospital system and insurer now have until April 30th to reach an agreement

Feb 24 2010
The Lund Report
Oregon Office of Rural Health receives federal grant to help rural providers

February 24, 2010 -- The Oregon Office of Rural Health at Oregon Health & Science University has received a grant from the National Health Service Corp (NHSC) to help primary care providers in rural and underserved urban areas repay their loans.

The NHSC grant provides for repayment of half of the loan; the other half will come from the practice site, a community organization or any non-federal source.

Feb 24 2010
The Lund Report
Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs bids farewell to Bobby Green, welcomes Andy Smith as new legislative liason

February 24, 2010 -- “Andy’s combination of personal integrity, broad experience in state and local government and his knowledge of people and issues make him an invaluable member of our team”, said Gina Nikkel, Executive Director of the Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs. 

Feb 24 2010

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