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Another Executive Medical Director Abruptly Leaves Regence BlueCross BlueShield

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It was the third loss since April after Dr. Joe Gifford, executive medical director in Washington, abruptly resigned last week, and accepted another position with the Providence/Swedish affiliation in western Washington

August 2, 2012 -- Yet another high ranking executive has left the folds of Regence BlueCross BlueShield. Dr. Joe Gifford, who’d been its executive medical director in Washington for the past seven years, abruptly resigned last week.

Regence Reduces Payments to Healthcare Professionals

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At the same time, the insurer is requesting a 9.6 percent rate increase for people who purchase their own coverage

July 26, 2012 -- Physicians and other healthcare professionals are being hit with a rate reduction from Regence BlueCross BlueShield on October 1, while the insurer is asking the Insurance Division to approve a 9.6 percent increase for roughly 53,000 people who buy their own coverage. A public hearing on that rate request will be held next Monday at 3 p.m. in Salem.

There’s a bit of a disconnect between reducing provider reimbursement and asking for a premium increase, said Vern Saboe, a chiropractor in Albany who lobbies on behalf of the Oregon Chiropractic Association.

Regence Seeks Rate Hikes in Washington and Oregon in the Individual Market

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A public hearing has been scheduled for 3 p.m., July 30 in Salem for the rate hike affecting nearly 53,000 Oregonians

July 6, 2012 – Regence BlueCross BlueShield is after rate hikes in both Oregon and Washington for people who purchase their own coverage. A public hearing on a rate request impacting close to 53,000 Oregonians is scheduled for 3 p.m., July 30 in Salem. If approved, that 9.6 average increase would take effect in December.

Regence BlueCross BlueShield Loses Another Key Executive

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Meanwhile, the search for chief medical officer of Regence’s four-state region is still ongoing, following the abrupt departure of Dr. Ralph Prows in late March

June 13, 2012 -- Another leading executive has abruptly left Regence BlueCross BlueShield. Dr. Michael Kaufman, who had been its medical director in Utah, is no longer with the company. No reason was given for his sudden departure.

Regence BlueShield Loses $10.2 Million while Mark Ganz Takes Home a 22.6 Percent Salary Increase

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The CEO and president of Cambia Health Solutions earned $1.6 million from Regence plans in Oregon and Washington, while Utah and Idaho refused to disclose his compensation

May 16, 2012 -- Mark Ganz, president and CEO of Cambia Health Solutions took home one of the biggest paychecks in the Pacific Northwest, after he earned $1,565,029 in salary and benefits from Oregon and Washington.

Regence Welcomes Angela Dowling as Vice President of Oregon Sales

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May 11, 2012 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon is pleased to welcome Angela Dowling as vice president of sales. She joined the company on May 7.

Angela comes to Regence with an extensive senior sales leadership background, most recently with Payne Financial Group, Inc., one of the largest independently owned insurance agencies in the United States. Based in Helena, Montana, she served as Chief Revenue Officer.

Regence’s Five-Year Decline in Oregon Gives Kaiser the Oregon Commercial Insurance Mantle

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After losing over 630,000 members since the end of 2007, Regence finds itself looking up at Kaiser in the latest Oregon health insurance membership numbers

May 10, 2012 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield may have witnessed its final months as Oregon’s top insurer in the commercial marketplace. Only five years ago – in 2007–Regence led Kaiser by a margin of 633,510 members as Regence insured over 1.1 million commercially.

Regence BlueCross BlueShield Sets Off Fury Among Members

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The latest move by Regence officials will require people to pay more money to see their physician of choice

May 2, 2012 -- When Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon decided to slash the medical benefits for people in the Portland metropolitan area, its management team could never have imagined the fury that it set off.

“It represents a total destruction of having a choice of providers; the only reason I chose Regence was because of its large PPO network,” said one disgruntled member. “I feel squeezed out.”

That woman spoke to The Lund Report on the condition that we wouldn’t disclose her identity for fear of repercussions from Regence.

myRegence.com Recognized for Transparency Innovation

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Independent research firm concludes, “Regence Cracks the Transparency Code”

April 25, 2012 -- If consumers could shop for health care like they shop for groceries, could they find more affordable care? If they could talk to one another and share reviews about a doctor or hospital, would they be able to connect with the provider that’s right for them? Regence believes in the power of information and Forrester Research, Inc. feels we’ve cracked “the transparency code.”

Advocates Upset Over Regence's Decision to Eliminate Mental Health

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Regence's decision is bad news for Oregonians, according to Laura Etherton of OSPIRG

April 25, 2012 – Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon's decision to slash mental health benefits and impose a much higher deductible for medical care and prescription coverage has consumer advocates upset. About 30,000 Oregonians who have individual policies will feel the impact starting October 1. 

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