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It's a great day for consumers and small businesses, said State Sen. Chip Shields
February 16, 2010 -- Despite heated objections by health insurance companies, state regulators at the Oregon Insurance Division finalized rules on Tuesday (Feb. 16)  making every part of their rate filing open to the public.
 
Feb 16 2010
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Since 2006, Massachusetts has seen a dramatic reduction in premiums for individuals and small businesses after creating an insurance exchange.

Feb 11 2010
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Oregon hospitals are also reporting too few errors, while on their way to adopting a standard surgical checklist
February 11, 2010 -- Despite a concerted effort by the Oregon Patient Safety Commission, Oregon hospitals are falling short in providing written notice to patients that a mistake occurred within their facility.
 
Feb 11 2010
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County officials statewide manage nearly unanimous vote
February 11, 2010 -- An influential group of elected officials believe it’s more important to fund community mental health before building another hospital in Junction City that’s scheduled to open in 2013.
Feb 11 2010
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February 11, 2010 -- Denise Honzel, a consultant for the Health Leadership Task Force, and John Worcester, manager of benefits and compensation for Oregon Steel Mills, have been chosen as co-chairs of the new Health Incentives and Outcomes Committee that will focus on payment reform and quality
Feb 11 2010
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A Johns Hopkins study shows checklists before catheters almost eliminate infections
February 11, 2010 -- Last week, the British Medical Journal published a report by a Johns Hopkins University research team that was nothing short of astonishing.
 
Feb 11 2010
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February 11, 2010 -- Former Lane County Commissioner Bobby Green has joined the Oregon Health Authority as director of local government affairs.
Feb 11 2010
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State regulators approve rate requests for Regence and HealthNet, while other requests are pending

February 10, 2010 -- The Oregon Insurance Division approved a 16 percent rate increase on Regence individual health plans renewing after April and a 12.2 percent increase on HealthNet small group plans.

Regence, in its filing for a rate increase on individual plans, had asked for a 25.3 percent hike affecting up to 70,000 people.

Feb 9 2010
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State actuaries say medical costs went up 12 to 13 percent last year
February 4, 2010 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield is asking the Insurance Division to approve a 25.3 percent average premium increase on more than 73,000 individuals whose policies renew starting April 1. These same members just absorbed a 24.4 percent rate increase last year.
Feb 4 2010

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