I sat down with Dr. Don Thieman at the studios at KBOO community radio. A longer version of this interview will be heard on the air at 90.7 FM in Portland on December 14 at 11:30 and later on the Web at KBOO.fm.
Originally at TalkingPointsMemo.com
December 3, 2009 -- Over the last few years, drug-makers have embraced a startlingly simple tactic for fending off competition from generic brands: paying them off.
November 19, 2009 -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) two weeks ago sent a letter to CIGNA, one of the country’s largest health insurers, with new data from an investigation into health insurance pricing.
November 12, 2009 -- When Norman Gruber, CEO of Salem Hospital, sent his staff a memo announcing cutbacks of $9 million next year, he might have unleashed a hailstorm.
November 4, 2009 -- With health reform dominating the headlines, everyone’s poised on keeping costs under control. Dr. Chuck Kilo, CEO of Greenfield Health, knows one of the major culprits -- non-profit hospitals in Oregon. They’re making significant amounts of money, and are extremely profitable.
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.
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?
August 20, 2009 -- Consumers of healthcare, also known as patients, are a pretty interesting bunch. And since virtually all of us are patients at one time or another, this is about all of us. Perhaps when dealing with an impossibly complicated and convoluted healthcare system we cannot help but behave in complicated and convoluted ways.
July 31, 2009 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon refuses to accept defeat. The insurance giant has filed a lawsuit against the state of Oregon after losing a multi-million dollar contract to its competitor, Providence Health Plans.
July 23, 2009 -- When Oregon regulators analyze insurance premiums next year, they’ll take a closer look at administrative costs than nearly any health insurance regulator in United States history.