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Kaiser Permanente Has Highest‑Rated Health Plans in Oregon and Washington

Rankings announced by National Committee for Quality Assurance; to be published in major consumer magazine

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest’s Medicare and commercial (private) health plans are ranked number one in quality and performance among health plans in Oregon and Washington, and third and fifth respectively in the nation, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (

Lifestyle Intervention Helps People Taking Antipsychotic Medications Lose Weight and Reduce Diabetes Risk

People with serious mental illnesses already at higher risk for obesity; medications that control their symptoms often lead to additional weight gain

People taking antipsychotic medications for serious mental illnesses lost significant amounts of weight and improved their glucose levels by participating in a lifestyle-change program, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published online in the American Journal o

Finances of Tuality, Salem, Kaiser Permanente and Asante Networks Revealed

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This analysis by The Lund Report not only shows the salaries of the top executives at these hospitals, but also takes a detailed look into the profit, net patient revenue, reported charity care, available beds and emergency room visits.

Non-profit hospitals across the state have a mission to serve their community, but an analysis by The Lund Report revealed that many of their CEOs are doing quite well for themselves, too. Across the spectrum of Tuality, Salem , Kaiser Permanente and Asante networks, hospital CEOs were well rewarded for their work.

Dr. Ashish Jha, professor of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health, recently completed a study of executive compensation at every nonprofit hospital in the country. He found that typical CEOs earn between $400,000 and $500,000 –more at large institutions, or if they oversee more than one hospital, and less if they work in rural areas. Jha’s research looked at total reported compensation, a figure that includes actual pay as well as benefits like retirement plans and other benefits that executives don’t bring home.

Mercer Report Shows Higher Medical Costs for PEBB in 2013

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Per-employee medical costs for PEBB through Kaiser are rising about twice as fast as Providence, but the fully insured HMO continues to provide care at less cost than the larger self-insured pool.

The Public Employees Benefit Board saw higher medical costs in 2013 than 2012 for its self-insured health plan administered by Providence after a decline in 2012 from 2011.

The cost of healthcare for the state’s 49,000 employees and 79,000 dependents rose 3.4 percent in per employee costs in 2013 for the self-insured Providence plan, while jumping 6.6 percent for the Kaiser Permanente plan offered through the Public Employees Benefit Board.

Despite Spending $39 Million on Advertising, Oregon Insurers Gain Very Few New Members

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Regence BlueCross BlueShield remains dominant, followed by Kaiser, with PacificSource bringing up the ranks, however none of the self-insured numbers fall under the count.

Oregon’s largest health insurance companies spent more than $39 million on ads and marketing campaigns in the past two years– but they seemed to find it increasingly difficult to recruit new members, according to a Lund Report review of financial records.

Regence, PacificSource Among the Losers at PEBB: Providence, Moda, Kaiser and CCOs Win Favor

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It came as no surprise when the Public Employees Benefit Board decided to sign contracts with their current insurers – Providence Health Plan and Kaiser Permanente – rejecting a joint proposal by Regence BlueCross BlueShield and PacificSource – for the state’s 130,000 employees, their dependents and university employees.

It came as no surprise when the Public Employees Benefit Board decided to sign contracts with their current insurers – Providence Health Plan and Kaiser Permanente – rejecting a joint proposal by Regence BlueCross BlueShield and PacificSource – for the state’s 130,000 employees, their dependents and university employees.

Colonoscopy Bill Prohibits Extra Charges for Removing Polyps

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Kaiser Permanente, Health Net, Cigna and Regence BlueCross BlueShield had been among the insurers to charge fees, though Regence said the charges had been a mistake and now supports the bill.

A divided Senate Thursday found an election-year issue it can get behind -- free colonoscopies, even if a physician has to remove polyps during the screening.

How Much do Oregon Insurance Executives Earn?

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Documents show CEOs such as Jack Friedman and Andrew McCulloch earned more than previously disclosed, but specifics are often hazy

The leaders of Oregon’s largest insurance companies are often paid far more than they tell regulators, according to a Lund Report review of public records.

Hospitals, Along with Providence and Regence, Stop Bill Requiring Telemedicine Payments

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Portland clinic chain ZoomCare pushed a bill with the Telehealth Alliance of Oregon to require private insurance companies to pay for Skype diagnoses, but the hospital association succeeded in delaying the bill for another session. If the law were enacted, its members could end up with fewer emergency room visits, and a significant loss of revenue.

Update: This article was updated on Feb. 12 to reflect the legislative developments in SB 1560.

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