Thursday, May 30, 2013

People Are Angry!

It seems that the folks involved with Oregon Patients Rights Association (OPRA) are not the only ones angry about what is going on regarding medical care in our community.  Check out Craigslist Roseburg and see the complaints that range from DCIPA, Mercy Medical Center, Parkway Medical Supply (owned by Mercy), and the current rants going on regarding ADAPT owned Federally Qualified Health Center, South River clinic in Winston.

Maybe if we all join together we can make something positive happen.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Oregon Insurance Commissioner Release Documents, Extends Public Comment Period for DCIPA/Mercy ATRIO Merger!

Oregon’s Insurance Commissioner extends public comment period regarding DCIPA's plans to transfer ownership interest in ATRIO (Medicare Advantage Plan) to DCIPA's new partnership with Mercy Medical Center, Architrave.  The extension was necessary after Oregon Patients Rights Association (OPRA) made a request at a recent hearing that additional documents regarding the application be released to the public.  After the hearing, Oregon Insurance Commissioner required more documents be disclosed and extended the time for public comment.


Anyone, with concerns about this transfer, can file objections with the Oregon Insurance Commissioner until 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, May, 21, 2013. According to the Insurance Commission, "Written comments must be RECEIVED by the Insurance Division by the deadline. Written comments may be submitted via e-mail to or by mail to Russell Latham, Financial Regulation Section, Oregon Insurance Division, P. O. Box 14480, Salem, OR 97309-0405."


You can read what DCIPA submitted to the state at: before submitting your comments to the Commissioner. 


For more information about this and other efforts by Oregon Patients Rights Association to improve the quality of health care in our community, please contact: Oregon Patients Rights Association (OPRA) 541-236-3083, on facebook: Oregon patents rights, blog: or twitter.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

OPRA Monthly Meeting Tomorrow

Oregon Patients Rights Association Public Meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, May 8th from 5 to 7 pm.  Rm 310 Douglas County Courthouse, Roseburg.  First half of the meeting is business, planning, and sharing: the second half patients’ rights education.   We will be discussing the merger of DCIPA (our local doctors group) and Mercy Medical Center via Architrave and the problems with the growing medical monopoly in our community.     

Although Mercy Medical Center is a non-profit hospital whose mission is to provide charity, their CEO was compensated almost $700,000 during 2011, while their medical charity work dropped by about 25%.   DCIPA is a private for profit entity who has been moving to monopolize health care in our community for some time.  They own the medical records company your doctor uses, as well as one of three general durable medical equipment companies, DMES (one of the other two is owned by Mercy –Parkway).  

Because they are now attempting to join forces in a new company called Architrave, the Insurance Commissioner for Oregon is soliciting public comment about allowing DCIPA to transfer its 1/3 ownership interest in ATRIO to Architrave.   ATRIO is a Medicare Advantage Plan contractor.