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Conservatives love market solutions, but healthcare has no hope of ever being an “efficient market." Here's why.

September 8, 2009 -- The September issue of The Atlantic has a feature article by David Goldhill, a business executive who lost his father due to a hospital error. Goldhill’s analysis of what’s wrong with the quality of our healthcare is impeccable, but not his solution.

Sep 8 2009

September 4, 2009 -- The retirement of Jim Edge, as director of the state’s Medicaid agency, is bringing a fresh face into the fold. 

Sep 4 2009
The Lund Report
Lobbying to limit health insurance rate regulation extends beyond walls of the state capitol
September 3, 2009 – Armed with authority to peer deeper into health insurance balance sheets, the state agency that governs the industry faces intense lobbying pressure.
 
Sep 4 2009
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September 3, 2009 -- Barney Speight is returning to state government on Sept. 14. He’ll be in charge of purchasing medical services for nearly 850,000 Oregonians, including state employees, Medicaid recipients and seniors, and work for the Oregon Health Authority. 

Sep 4 2009

September 3, 2009 -- Lynn-Marie Crider has joined the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research as a policy analyst after spending five years with the Service Employees International Union, Local 49.

She’s joined by Erin Fair who was a legislative aide to Sen. Alan Bates during the last legislative session.

“We chose these people because they have the breadth and knowledge to work in different directions at the same time,” said Sean Kolmer, the agency’s deputy director who manages the research unit.

Sep 4 2009
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September 3, 2009 -- Steve Hooker, CFO of Regence BlueCross BlueShield, will retire at year’s end. With Regence for the past 28 years, he earned $304,641 from the Oregon-based health insurer in 2008. 

As chairman of the national Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Hooker intends to devote more time and energy to advance its mission of better treatments and cures for blood-related cancers when he retires.

Sep 4 2009
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September 4, 2009 -- Rocky King will become the senior health reform policy advisor to Corey Stresinger, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, on Oct. 1.

Sep 4 2009
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September 4, 2009 -- Steve Robinson began working for the Oregon Center for Public Policy on Sept. 1 as its senior policy analyst, having left Saif Corp. where he spent nine years as a senior research analyst.

“I wanted to work on broader public policy issues,” said Robinson, who’s married to Rep. Nancy Nathanson (D-Eugene).

Based in Silverton, OCPP uses research and analysis to advance policies and practices that improve the economic and social opportunities for all Oregonians.

Sep 4 2009
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Nominees for the state’s top health board include president of OHSU and as its chair, CFO of Standard Insurance

September 2, 2009 -- Governor Ted Kulongoski today announced the submittal of the following nominees for volunteer service on four new state boards and commissions. The Governor also submitted nominees for several existing boards and commissions.

Sep 2 2009
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As healthcare reform swirls around who pays and not what they pay, health insurers point fingers at medical providers for charging exorbitant prices that few know are negotiable.
Originally at Miller-McCune.com
August 28, 2009 -- If you paid sticker price on the last new car you bought, you might expect to pay about 15 percent more than you would with some negotiating. If you paid full price on a recent knee surgery, you could pay 500 percent more than market rate. And who knew you could even negotiate?
Aug 28 2009

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