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OMIP Bound for Change

Oregon’s high-risk insurer to change The race to restructure Oregon’s health care system has begun. The state’s high-risk insurance and the health partnership offices are the first agencies to move under the wing of the new Oregon Health Authority. The merge was announced in late August, along with the news that the leader of the […]

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Regence Sues PEBB

Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon has filed a petition with the Multnomah County Circuit Court to stop the Public Employees’ Benefit Board from switching insurance carriers for its tens of thousands of state workers. Regence is asking that a new contract between PEBB and carrier Providence Health Plans, set to start in January to be […]

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Oregon insurers’ workforce is stable

Despite dwindling memberships and revenues in 2009, most of Oregon’s major insurance companies haven’t had to give their employees pink slips – yet. To avoid layoffs, some have reduced their rolls through attrition, while others have adjusted their business models. But questions remain as to whether the state’s big eight will eventually have to trim […]

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Most doctors are mediocre

Atul Gawande claims most doctors are mediocre at best PORTLAND—“The source of our struggle is the complexity,” not medical lawsuits or money problems, said author and surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande during a lecture on Wednesday evening. The 1 million doctors and 2.5 million nurses in America are faced daily with making complicated decisions about why bodies fail, what […]

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Alumni builders

Nearly 30 years later, three students return to design Oregon’s new alumni center When the East Coast was sizzling with the newest fads in architecture in the 1970s, the West Coast, and specifically Oregon, became the first place to experiment with concepts such as solar energy and energy efficiency. Around that time, three students entered […]

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