Larry Kirsch

Rate Filings Must Be Public Unless Insurers Can Prove Disclosure Hurts Competition

The Lund Report
The Department of Justice affirmed that the standard is based on a 2007 law; last year, Regence BlueCross BlueShield withheld information from the public in its rate filing.

 

April 26, 2013 -- Oregon health insurers that want to keep parts of their rate review filings secret may have to show that public disclosure will hurt overall marketplace competition, and not just their own bottom line.

Regence BlueCross BlueShield and TriZetto: What’s Happening to Health Insurance?

The Lund Report
Public policy issues could have consequences for many Oregonians

OPINION – August 2, 2012 -- Recent pieces in The Lund Report and The Oregonian about ties-- both investment and governance-- between nonprofit Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and one of its major vendors, the for-profit TriZetto Group, raise important issues of public policy with consequences for many Oregonians.

Economist Challenges Governor Kitzhaber to Make Evidence-Based Practice the Standard of Care

The Lund Report
Right now insurers such as Regence BlueCross BlueShield are spending millions of dollars, he says, on medical services not backed by scientific evidence

OPINION – May 8, 2012 -- Regence's recently announced decision to drop contracts with certain provider networks used by individual policyholders in the Portland area is an ominous and dangerous development. Not only does it challenge the single thing most healthcare consumers think is best about the current payment system -- wide choice and dependable coverage of one's personal caregivers- it is inexplicable as a first line of response to the problem of costs.

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