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The Seattle Times health-care team tracks the local impact of the Affordable Care Act.

Topic: Premera Blue Cross

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July 16, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Plenty of room to improve, says report rating health plans

Group Health Cooperative was the overall top-scoring health plan among five graded by the Washington Health Alliance, a collaborative of employers and others working to improve health-care transparency through measurement. What does the Alliance measure in its eValue8 report? For an insurance plan, it looks at processes aimed at ensuring patient safety, closing gaps in…


Comments | Topics: Group Health Cooperative, Premera Blue Cross, Washington Health Alliance

June 11, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Insurers want judge’s decisions thrown out

Patricia Petersen,  administrative-law judge for the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner Two insurers involved in a case that suddenly ground to a halt after intrigue and the precipitous removal of the judge handling it are demanding that the case start over from scratch. In a motion filed Wednesday, Premera Blue Cross argued that the “extraordinary set of…


Comments | Topics: BridgeSpan Health Company, ex parte, Office of the Insurance Commissioner

May 14, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Kreidler removes hearings officer in Seattle Children’s case

Update| 5:25 p.m.: Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has removed his hearings officer from adjudicating insurance cases, including the Seattle Children’s case currently under way. Deputy Commissioner Steve Valandra said Wednesday that Kreidler revoked Chief Presiding Officer Patricia Petersen’s delegation of authority, and the agency would immediately begin the search for another hearings officer. Petersen is on paid leave,…


Comments | Topics: BridgeSpan Health Co., James Odiorne, network adequacy

March 18, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Premera CEO Gubby Barlow stepping down; Jeff Roe takes post

Gubby Barlow H.R. Brereton “Gubby” Barlow, who has led Premera Blue Cross since 2000, is retiring, the company said Tuesday. His successor, Jeff Roe, has been president of Premera since Jan. 1, a post previously held by Barlow. In the early 2000s, Barlow was the lead figure in a bid to transform the nonprofit company to a for-profit…


Comments | Topics: Gubby Barlow, H.R. Brereton Barlow, Premera Blue Cross