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 -- 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 -- 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 12, 2009 -- The threat of a lawsuit hangs over the Public Employees Benefit Board after it rejected Regence BlueCross BlueShield's bid to provide health coverage to state employees. Providence Health Plans won the multi-million dollar contract by a 5-3 vote when the board met on April 21.
May 13, 2009 -- Earlier we reported that a deal had been struck on a provider tax, however Sen. Alan Bates (D-Ashland) now says that was incorrect. Negotiations are very close to being wrapped up on a hospital and insurance tax to cover more uninsured Oregonians.
May 12, 2009 -- After backing down from banning drug company gifts to physicians, Democratic lawmakers succeeded in passing a narrower version that requires manufacturers to report such gifts to a state agency.