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Class Action Lawsuit Against Regence Heats Up

The Portland-based insurance company has until July 19 to respond to a lawsuit alleging it’s misusing excess profits by rewarding executives with million dollar salaries.

The class action lawsuit filed against Regence BlueCross BlueShield last month for stockpiling its excess funds could face technical challenges and be thrown out of court, acknowledged Darian Stanford, a Portland law

Wyden Brings House Calls to the Forefront

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Among the private insurers, Regence BlueCross BlueShield is the lowest payer and reduced its rates over the past two year, while a new contract is under negotiation.

Credit U.S. Ron Wyden for championing house calls by primary care practitioners – particularly for the frail and elderly.   

Regence BlueCross BlueShield’s Decision Leads to Friction Among Physical Therapists

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Regence, the state’s largest health insurer, has chosen a for-profit company based in South Carolina to manage physical therapy visits, which has irritated that provider community.

A rift is brewing between physical therapists in private practice and their state association after Regence BlueCross BlueShield signed a contract with an out-of-state company to manage patient care.

Health Insurers, Coordinated Care Organizations Vie for PEBB Contract

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Among the bidders eager to contract with the Public Employees Benefit Board are two insurers who’ve joined together to form a new collaboration – Regence BlueCross BlueShield and PacificSource Health Plans, while ZoomCare and Legacy Health are among the newcomers in the mix.

In just two weeks, the Public Employees Benefit Board is expected to choose the health insurance plans for more than 130,000 state employees and their dependents – contracts that are worth tens of millions of dollars. And, there’s no shortage of bidders.

In all, 11 bidders are eager to get the contract, including five health insurers, four coordinated care organizations, a hospital system and a for-profit clinic chain. They all aim to use quality metrics and cost containment measures to provide more effective healthcare. The new contracts start Jan, 1, 2015.

Colonoscopy Bill Prohibits Extra Charges for Removing Polyps

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Kaiser Permanente, Health Net, Cigna and Regence BlueCross BlueShield had been among the insurers to charge fees, though Regence said the charges had been a mistake and now supports the bill.

A divided Senate Thursday found an election-year issue it can get behind -- free colonoscopies, even if a physician has to remove polyps during the screening.

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Senate Health Committee Approves Treatment for Autistic Children

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Private insurers and public health plans will be required to cover applied behavior analysis after a deal is reached between autism advocates, insurers and Sen. Alan Bates, a Medford physician.


April 19, 2013 — A landmark bill regarding autism passed the Senate Health Committee unanimously Thursday, paving the way for insurance coverage of a specialized treatment that supporters say will help severely handicapped autistic children live more functional lives.


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