Mike Cerdan left Regence to join Kaiser Permanente as its manager of regional large group sales. He was the manager of account executives with Regence for 2 1/2 years and earlier spent 10 years with the Premera family of companies; the last seven with LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon. He began his insurance career as an underwriter with MetLife in 1986 and is a graduate of CSU Sacramento.
$285,888,128 dollars per hour. That’s the speed of U.S. healthcare spending. How do I know? I’m a health economist. I have a professional obligation to share this kind of trivia. If you’re like most people, you don’t run across many health economists.
WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) - Plunging revenues from investments have forced median profit margins for U.S. hospitals to zero, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis of hospital finances published on Monday.
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.
As Oregon lawmakers mull over the idea of moving toward a system that eventually requires insurers to cover everybody, they might want to consider lessons learned from our neighbors to the north… that is, Washington not Canada. (We aren’t going that far).