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Kaiser Faces Pressure from State after Public Employee Health Plan Deemed Inefficient

Despite some success in keeping costs down since 2012, the state’s public employee plans are not significantly outperforming nationwide figures, and its legacy Providence plan, which has not adopted coordinated care reforms, was the most efficient plan in eight of Oregon’s 20 largest counties.

Kaiser Permanente should be prepared for increased scrutiny of its premiums and health spending priorities for public employees after a report Tuesday that showed it was easily the least efficient of the health insurers that contract with the Public Employees Benefit Board.

Andrew McCulloch retiring after 10 years leading Kaiser Permanente Northwest

Andrew McCulloch retiring after 10 years leading Kaiser Permanente Northwest

Andrew McCulloch, President of Kaiser Permanente Hospitals and Health Plan of The Northwest since 2006, announced his retirement effective July 2017.

Under McCulloch’s leadership, Kaiser Permanente has achieved market leadership, in quality, service and affordability including:

PEBB Slides Under Cost Caps for Biennium at Negotiation Table

The Public Employees Benefit Board signed off on 2017 premium rates for its menu of health plans, which after extensive negotiation, came in at a 4 percent hike, for an average of 3.2 percent over two years. A Providence researcher also showed the health engagement module is lowering costs for people with more complex medical needs.

Harder-nosed negotiations between the Public Employees Benefit Board and its insurers should allow the health plan for state workers and university employees to meet the budget limits set by the Legislature for the 2015-2017 biennium.

Group Health Cooperative to Join Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente signs agreement to acquire Group Health, further strengthening Washington’s nationally recognized quality health care and coverage organization

SEATTLE — Kaiser Permanente and Group Health Cooperative announced today they have signed a definitive agreement for Kaiser Permanente to acquire Seattle-based Group Health.

Kaiser Grant Awarded for Low-Income Health Care Access

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) has received a $15,000 grant award from Kaiser Permanente supporting access to acupuncture care for low-income patients in the Portland metro area. Thanks to Kaiser Permanente’s support, OCOM will provide qualifying low-income community members $15 acupu


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