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Union Pushes For Higher Hospital Support Staff Compensation

In new report, SEIU Local 49 argues that many hospital employees are under-paid, with 1,800 in Oregon receiving food stamps

Nearly one in six hospital workers in Oregon makes less than $16 an hour, and some 1,800 of these employees earn little enough to receive food stamps, according to a report issued Wednesday by SEIU Local 49, a union that represents more than 10,000 healthcare workers in Oregon and Southwest Washi

Intel Breaks New Ground by Contracting Directly with Kaiser, Providence

The computer chip maker’s new healthcare delivery model has already attracted interest from other self-insured employers and the state and federal government.

One of the largest self-insured employers in Oregon has embarked on a novel approach that bypasses insurance companies. Intel, with 17,500 employees and their 33,000 dependents, is determined to create a healthier work force and, at the same time, keep costs under control. 

Voting Concluded on Fate of Dr. Jeffery Weisz

The executive medical director and president of Northwest Permanente Medical Group faced a board election that concluded Monday.

More than 1,300 physicians and practitioners who work for Northwest Permanente Medical Group – the provider arm for Kaiser Health Plan – had an opportunity to decide whether their executive medical director should be forced to resign.

Rumors Floating About Kaiser Buy-Out

But when reached for comment, the Oregon Medical Group says it will remain independent.

A rumor’s been brewing for quite some time that Kaiser Permanente has entered into negotiations to purchase the Oregon Medical Group in Eugene,  an independent practice with 120 medical providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Regence BlueCross BlueShield Top Spender of Legislative Candidates

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Regence donated $236,000 to political candidates and causes in a failed attempt to shift control of the Legislature to Republicans, according to records filed with the Secretatry of State.

 

August 27, 2013 — Health insurance companies have poured more than $550,000 into state and local elections in Oregon since the start of 2011, with over 40 percent of that money spent by Regence BlueCross BlueShield, which invested $236,000 in its preferred candidates and causes.

Moda’s Vast Pool of Resources Makes the Rose Garden Affordable

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At the same time, its health insurance enrollment has grown by 34 percent over the past two years.

 

August 27, 2013 -- Moda Health, which has purchased the naming rights for the Rose Garden basketball arena, appears to have adequate resources to afford the deal, according to insurance reports filed with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

During 2012, it earned $5.3 million in net profits on top of its investments in the stock and bond market.

Health Net President Chris Ellertson Leads with 86 Percent Salary Increase

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Looking at the executive compensation among health insurance executives in 2012, John Stellmon, who retired from Regence last April, was the highest paid, earning $1.8 million, a 537% increase from 2011

April 17, 2013 – The profit margins of Oregon’s health insurance companies remained razor thin last year, but that didn’t hinder any of their top executives from taking home bigger paychecks.

Hospital Finances: A Look at OHSU, Kaiser, Adventist and Tuality

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All of Kaiser's hospitals walked away with the highest profit margin in 2011 followed by OHSU Hospital and Adventist Medical Center, while Tuality Community Hospital ended up in the red

April 5, 2013 -- This story is the fourth in a series that is examining the state of Oregon hospitals. Today, the Lund Report looks at OHSU Hospital, Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center, Adventist Medical and Tuality Community Hospital.

Earlier stories in the series covered:

School Districts Post Unusually High Claims

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A recent analysis shows that 99 percent of employees who had Providence or ODS insurance filed a medical or pharmacy claim
October 26, 2010 -- School district employees continue using more healthcare services than their national counterparts, according to consultants for the Oregon Educators Benefit Board.
 

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