Blair Thomas

Oregon Insurers Increase Their Net Income Despite Membership Losses

In the past 12 months, the seven domestic insurers in Oregon have lost nearly 25,000 members while their net income has shot up by 25 percent

July 5, 2012 -- For the second consecutive year, Oregon’s seven domestic health insurers saw a decrease in their overall net income, but still found themselves on pace to achieve financial prosperity in 2012.

Regence’s Five-Year Decline in Oregon Gives Kaiser the Oregon Commercial Insurance Mantle

After losing over 630,000 members since the end of 2007, Regence finds itself looking up at Kaiser in the latest Oregon health insurance membership numbers

May 10, 2012 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield may have witnessed its final months as Oregon’s top insurer in the commercial marketplace. Only five years ago – in 2007–Regence led Kaiser by a margin of 633,510 members as Regence insured over 1.1 million commercially.

Health Insurers May No Longer Qualify for Lower Assessments

The high risk pool has been offering lower assessments to health insurers if they deny coverage to fewer people, but that program could come to an end

February 16, 2012— Health insurers in Oregon may no longer be able to lower the assessments they pay into the high risk pool.

Up until now, insurers have been offered a 10 percent reduction if they could show, on average, that they denied coverage less than 20 percent of the time over the previous three years.

Legislators Expect to Consider Malpractice Reforms in February Session

Three consultants from Harvard Kennedy School of Government are looking at the role of defense medicine and overutilization on medical costs

January 12, 2012— Malpractice reform has caught the attention of healthcare professionals at the national level because of its economic impact on reducing costs. A study conducted in 2010 by Amitabh Chandra, PhD, an economist and professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, estimated that 2.4% or approximately $60 billion annually could be attributed to malpractice claims.

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