Kaiser and Salem Health last negotiated their contract 7 years ago. Salem Health states its seeking a high boost because prices under the existing agreement lag the market by 30 percent..
” These overinflated costs are unneeded, and they are not the instructions we wish to be going regionally and nationally,” Caroline King, MD, a doctor leader at Kaiser in Salem, told The Lund Report. “And so if we feel there is a gamer in the market that is doing this, it is for us to speak up.”.
Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente says the 30 percent rate hike Salem (Ore.) Health is seeking for Kaiser insurance coverage members in the Salem market is too high. Salem Health argues the boost is justified, according to The Lund Report..
Any agreement entered into in between the organizations will affect the health care costs of about 40,000 Kaiser insurance coverage members in the Salem market, according to the report..
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The old contract ended two weeks earlier, and talks between Kaiser and Salem Health are at a stalemate. Kaiser says the price walking is excessive and unreasonable..
” Over the past year, Salem Health has actually regularly interacted with Kaiser the need for a brand-new, market-based agreement,” Salem Health stated in a declaration to The Lund Report..
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