He is a board member of the Lane Individual Practice Association
The situation is somewhat different in Lane County, where the Lane Individual Practice Association
administers the Oregon Health Plan for approximately 28,000 enrollees.
As CEO of the Lane Individual Practice Association
, I still share that vision, despite the severe cuts to Oregon's once-vaunted health care plan.
We were not surprised to read The Register-Guard's recent front-page articles detailing the investigation by state and federal authorities into Lane Individual Practice Association
's administration of the Oregon Health Plan in Lane County (Register-Guard, May 27).
The county also has been talking to the Lane Individual Practice Association
, which holds the local contract with the Oregon Health Plan, to provide the services in Oakridge through the physicians who practice there or in communities nearby.
On behalf of a coalition of Oregon Health Plan clients, providers and vendors that called for state and federal investigations into Lane Individual Practice Association
failures to responsibly administer the OHP, I want to express appreciation to The Register-Guard, its editorial page editors and reporter Tim Christie.
That's why insurance companies like the Lane Individual Practice Association
, which administers the health plan in Lane County, work hard to stretch the available dollars.
Torrens said, the mandatory reporting of financial information should yield a realistic picture of the condition of the state's individual practice associations
and medical groups by the summer of 2002.
* IPAs: Individual Practice Associations
are essentially decentralized HMO's which contract with physicians to provide services to the plan's patients for a discounted fee (usually 50%-80%) of which 15%-20% may be retained by the managed care entity for a "withhold" or a "risk" pool.