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Jack Friedman Retiring June 30

The CEO of Providence Health Plans told The Lund Report that both external and internal candidates are under consideration to replace him.

It’s official. Jack Friedman is leaving Providence Health Plans on June 30.

The long-time CEO told The Lund Report he’s feeling great about Providence, which, in his estimation, has never been stronger.

Christensen Retires from Providence

Jack Friedman, meanwhile, still hangs on.

Barbara Lee Christensen, the chief sales and marketing officer at Providence Health Plans, is stepping down after 30 years.

In a message sent to Providence employees, she shared her excitement about starting a new phase of her life.

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.

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.

Providence Severs Contract with Health Net Just as Employers Consider Options for 2013

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LifeWise members will lose access to Legacy Health System next July, but its officials are encouraging patients to fight back

September 20, 2012 -- The leading healthcare systems in Portland -- Legacy and Providence -- are embroiled in a competitive battle, and the victor could end up controlling a much larger slice of the market. Both Health Net and LifeWise are on the front lines while other insurers, such as ODS Health Plan, could soon feel the impact, and find themselves caught in the throes.

Regence Refuses to Publicly Share Information on Rate Hike

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Meanwhile the Oregon Insurance Division has approved a 12.2 percent rate increase for people who purchase their own coverage through Providence Health Plan

August 24, 2012 – A proposed 9.6 percent rate increase by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon looks like it will be decided behind closed doors. That increase would impact nearly 53,000 Oregonians who purchase their own coverage starting in December.

Critics Charge Providence Rate Hike Request Based on Incomplete Data

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If the 15.7 percent rate hike is approved, some people plan to drop coverage
August 8, 2012 -- Providence Health Plans has not provided sufficient justification for its proposed 15.7 percent rate increase for individual members, and the Insurance Division should not approve it until more information is known, a healthcare analyst for the OSPIRG Foundation said.

Providence Health Plans Asks for 15.7 Percent Increase

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The Oregon Insurance Division will hold a public hearing on the rate request on August 2

July 11, 2012 -- Providence Health Plans is seeking a 15.7 percent average increase for people who purchase their own coverage starting November 1. If approved, 12,162 Oregonians would be impacted. The actual rate increase depends upon a person’s age and whether their family members are on their insurance plan.

A public hearing is scheduled for August 2 starting at 1:30 in the Labor and Industries Bldg. in Salem.

Insurance Division Approves 2.2 Percent Rate Increase for Providence

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That rate hike will impact small employers starting August 1 who have about 30,000 employees

April 2, 2012 -- Small employers who have coverage through Providence Health Plans will see their rates climb, on average, by 2.2 percent starting August 1. The rate hike will impact about 30,000 people over nine months, and range between 1.88 and 5.4 percent.

“We're doing all we possibly can to get our rate increases to as low a figure as possible,” said Jack Friedman, CEO of Providence Health Plans.

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