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States ban insurers from discriminating against transgenders

Health insurers operating in Oregon and California have been ordered to stop denying coverage to transgender members.

For payers, exchange success hinges on state promotion

Insurers' ability to sell policies to millions of new members through health insurance exchanges could hinge upon a factor outside of their control--states' recruitment of enough consumers to shop on and buy policies from the online marketplaces.

An exchange by any other name is still an exchange

Juliet famously remarked to her beloved Romeo, "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." The same is true about health insurance exchanges, albeit not nearly as alluring a topic as Romeo and Juliet's ill-fated romance.

States consider assisted-suicide laws

Peter Goodwin, a family physician who campaigned for the passage of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act in 1994, used the law to end his own battle with a terminal brain disease Sunday, the Oregonion

State coordinated care Medicaid model to save $1.5 trillion

Oregon is looking to develop its own accountable care organizations. Gov. John Kitzhaber last month signed a law that will create local "coordinated care organizations" focused on the state's 600,000

Concierge practice: 5 legal issues to address

The tougher running a traditional medical practice becomes, the stronger the appeal of providing concierge or retainer-based medicine may be to some doctors. Setting aside recent criticisms of the

Hospitals, payers to team to reduce costs following Medicaid cuts

While Washington, Iowa and Tennessee battle for continued Medicaid reimbursements for emergency care , Oregon is cutting its Medicaid payments to hospitals by 15 percent this month, according to The

State's hospital costs vary wildly

Ability (or lack thereof) to manage expenses, "varying overhead" and technology investments are just some of the reasons rolled out by hospital executives in Oregon for widely differing costs of

Risky 'value-based' insurance lowers health costs, but with a gamble

Would you opt for a health insurance plan that offers free care for chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes if it meant paying through the nose if you ever needed to visit the ER or had

34 providers in Pacific Northwest receive EMR grants

A public-private partnership in the Pacific Northwest has chosen 34 mostly small and rural healthcare providers to receive up to $20,000 each to help purchase EMRs and other health IT. Many of the