An Insurance Bureaucrat Speaks Out

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Dr. Don Thieman’s been inside the health insurance industry and he’s not remaining silent

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

UPDATE: To hear the KBOO interview Click Here >>

Regulators Offer Little Backstop for Premium Hikes

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High paid executives and skyrocketing premiums from coast to coast

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.

Controlling Costs Rests on Hospitals

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Oregon hospitals made more than $325 million in profit last year, down from 2007

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.

Market Won't Solve Healthcare Without Public Option

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Conservatives love market solutions, but healthcare has no hope of ever being an “efficient market." Here's why.

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.

Healthcare Charges Under the Knife

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As healthcare reform swirls around who pays and not what they pay, health insurers point fingers at medical providers for charging exorbitant prices that few know are negotiable.
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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?

Would You Rather Shop for a Car or a Doctor?

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Fears are perfectly warranted, but not the ones you've been hearing most about lately

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.

Regence Sues Over Losing State Employee Contract

Regence refutes that Providence earns better marks

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.

Oregon Takes Lead in Insurance Cost Scrutiny

Health insurers will soon have to report every administrative cost from furniture to moving expenses

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.


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