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Intel Breaks New Ground by Contracting Directly with Kaiser, Providence

The computer chip maker’s new healthcare delivery model has already attracted interest from other self-insured employers and the state and federal government.

One of the largest self-insured employers in Oregon has embarked on a novel approach that bypasses insurance companies. Intel, with 17,500 employees and their 33,000 dependents, is determined to create a healthier work force and, at the same time, keep costs under control. 

Internal Memo Grants Autism Coverage to Providence Employees

Separately, proposed rules from the Insurance Division on Friday to make insurance companies comply with the recent court decision against Providence forces insurers to pay for claims back to 2008 and lifts a 25-hour cap on coverage for applied behavior analysis.

Providence employees will now have comprehensive autism treatment covered, according to an internal memo to “Providence caregivers” obtained by The Lund Report.

Providence Loses Autism Case in Federal District Court

But a separate lawsuit, brought against the Public Employees Benefit Board, burns on, as the state of Oregon argues that the mental health parity law doesn’t apply to it. Meanwhile, the Health Evidence Review Commission is expected to approve applied behavior analysis for the Oregon Health Plan at its meeting later this week.

Providence Health Plan has lost the federal class-action lawsuit brought by the parents of preschool-age autistic children after the insurer denied their physician-prescribed treatment, applied behavior analysis.

Update on Providence Park Naming Rights Payment

Health Care for All Oregon supporters attended a city council meeting on Wed., May 29 to ask the city to disclose the amount paid for the naming rights paid to Peregrine by Providence for the naming rights to Civic Stadium.
About 18 people from Health Care for All Oregon attended the City Council meeting on Wednesday, May 28, to tell city commissioners that we would like the city to let us disclose the amount Providence paid for the naming rights to Civic Stadium.

Regence BlueCross BlueShield Top Spender of Legislative Candidates

The Lund Report
Regence donated $236,000 to political candidates and causes in a failed attempt to shift control of the Legislature to Republicans, according to records filed with the Secretatry of State.

 

August 27, 2013 — Health insurance companies have poured more than $550,000 into state and local elections in Oregon since the start of 2011, with over 40 percent of that money spent by Regence BlueCross BlueShield, which invested $236,000 in its preferred candidates and causes.

Moda’s Vast Pool of Resources Makes the Rose Garden Affordable

The Lund Report
At the same time, its health insurance enrollment has grown by 34 percent over the past two years.

 

August 27, 2013 -- Moda Health, which has purchased the naming rights for the Rose Garden basketball arena, appears to have adequate resources to afford the deal, according to insurance reports filed with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

During 2012, it earned $5.3 million in net profits on top of its investments in the stock and bond market.

For-Profit Hospitals Skimp on Charity Care

The Lund Report
Overall, spending on care for the poor dropped statewide while enrollment climbed in the Oregon Health Plan

 

April 26, 2013 – Oregon's two for-profit hospitals are among the stingiest hospitals in the state when it comes to providing care for the poor.

PeaceHealth Beats out Providence for SW Washington Hospital

The Lund Report
The merger will be completed within the next 3-12 months following a due diligence process.

March 19, 2010 – Call it a war between the two most powerful Catholic healthcare systems in the Pacific Northwest. As it turned out, Providence Health System found itself on the losing side.

The big prize – Southwest Washington Health Center – went to Bellevue-based PeaceHealth run by President Alan Yordy. Within the next 3-12 months, following a thorough due diligence process, that hospital system will become part of its strategic network. No money will trade hands because both systems are non-profit.

Bart McMullan Appeals to PEBB

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The Regence president contends it's a better fit than Providence for public employees

May 21, 2009 -- After losing a multi-million dollar contract it’s held for over 20 years, Regence BlueCross BlueShield is fighting back. It’s trying to persuade officials that they made a serious mistake by choosing their competitor, Providence Health Plans, as the statewide PPO for 102,507 public employees and their dependents. 

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