Loopholes, Lack Of Staffing Stymie Transparency Of Oregon’s Drug Pricing Program

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The state’s Prescription Drug Price Transparency Program was created to illuminate pharmaceutical pricing practices, but pharmaceutical companies have shielded information they say infringes on trade secrets.

Zoom Care Releases Transparency Report, Including Harassment Allegations

The Portland area provider of urgent care and other services expects other health care services to follow suit.

The co-founder and chief executive of Portland-based Zoom Care says an ambitious transparency initiative his company has launched represents the future of health care in the United States.

A nationally recognized expert in the field just happens to agree.

Coalition for a Healthy Oregon Backs CCO Transparency Bill

A last-minute intervention by Senate President Peter Courtney made a slight amendment to the bill’s creation of public meetings for coordinated care organizations, leading to unified support from the Medicaid insurers and a 28-1 approval vote in the Senate.

The Senate has passed the coordinated care organization transparency bill with the surprise last-minute support of the Coalition for a Healthy Oregon, the group of seven CCOs that had long opposed the bill, particularly its re

Republican Senator Objects to Secret Meetings for CCO Councils

The Senate passes a bill that requires that some — but not all — community advisory council meetings be public. It was the third attempt by the Legislature to improve public oversight of CCOs after the organizations fought off two previous measures.


June 20, 2013 — The Senate passed a bill that will ensure a minimal level of public oversight in the operations of coordinated care organizations, but Sen. Jeff Kruse, a Roseburg Republican, objected because it allows CCOs to keep some meetings private that he said were specifically intended to be public.

Greenlick and Shields Want to Shine Daylight on CCOs

Pair of bills would open CCO meetings to the public and give teeth to community oversight council

Editor's note: This story has been corrected from an earlier version.

February 15, 2013 — Coordinated care organizations would face more scrutiny under a pair of bills heard Wednesday from Portland Democrats Sen. Chip Shields and Rep. Mitch Greenlick.

Regence Rate Decision Sparks Consumer Watchdog Approach

Sen. Chip Shields is proposing legislation that would give consumer groups access to proprietary information before the Insurance Division approves rate requests

January 8, 2012 -- When insurance officials made a decision about a rate request by Regence BlueCross BlueShield after reviewing documents behind closed doors last summer, it raised the ire of Sen. Chip Shields (D-Portland).

A strong proponent of transparency, he’s drafting legislation that would let consumer watchdog groups such as OSPIRG have access to such proprietary information, giving them intervener status.

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