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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.

House Clears Way for Electronic Prescriptions of Powerful Drugs

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Advocates of House Bill 4013 say that allowing doctors to prescribe Schedule II drugs electronically will make life easier for practitioners and pharmacists while cutting down on prescription forgeries.

The House unanimously passed its first healthcare bill of the 2014 session Thursday, a bipartisan measure that will allow physicians and nurse practitioners to file electronic prescriptions of Schedule II drugs, simplify

Kaiser Permanente Questions Appeals Process

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When Kaiser turned someone down for insurance coverage because of a medical condition, they were told the Insurance Division would conduct an independent review but that didn’t occur.

 

July 15, 2013 -- Denying health insurance coverage for medical reasons will soon be a thing of the past when the Affordable Care Act comes into full swing January 1. But there are still many unanswered questions about what’s going to happen until then.

Shields Pushes to Empower DCBS as Effort to Put Insurance Under UTPA Flounders

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Senate Bill 414 would give DCBS the authority to order insurance companies to pay meritorious claims to consumers, while House Bill 3160 — the push to put allow consumers and businesses to sue insurers for fraud under the Unlawful Trade Practices Act, which passed the House — is close to being dead in the Senate.

 

June 17, 2013 — Paul Terdal is not a lawyer, and he never intended on learning the Oregon insurance code backwards and forwards, but his sons have autism, and his health insurance company — Kaiser Permanente — wouldn’t pay for their prescribed treatment, applied behavioral analysis.

Long-Term Use of Prescription Painkillers Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

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Kaiser Permanente Study First to Use Electronic Health Records to Document Link Between Prescription Opioid Use and ED Prescriptions

 

May 15, 2013 – Regularly taking prescription painkillers, also known as opioids, is associated with a higher risk of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men, according to a study published online today in the journal Spine.

 

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