Cascade Health Alliance is helping new mothers get the supplies they need.

Cascade Health Alliance and over 30 of it’s community partners recently sponsored a community baby shower help new mothers get the supplies they need and connect families with other medical and support services.


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The Herald and News

CCOs tell Oregon Health Authority to keep medicaid local

October 4, 2018 –

Portland Business Journal

The boundaries and even operators of the Oregon’s 15 coordinated care organizations could change next year, when the Oregon Health Authority awards new five-year contracts.

The CCOs have provided care to 1 million Oregonians on Medicaid, coordinating their physical, mental and dental needs, since they were created in 2012.

Even if they take on more responsibilities, one major aspect of CCO 1.0 that leaders of the coordinated care organizations want to retain in CCO 2.0 is to remain locally based.

“If there’s a secret sauce to the transformation in 1.0, it was that local control,” said Josh Balloch, vice president of government affairs for AllCare Health, a CCO with 50,000 members in Jackson, Josephine and Curry counties. “That’s vital to the long-term success. You can’t export or import health care. It has to be done locally.”

Until OHA receives applications for the next round of contracts, no one knows whether entities based outside of Oregon will apply. Only current CCOs and companies with an existing Oregon footprint can apply, but that could still include out-of-state corporations that currently sell insurance in Oregon, such as United HealthCare or Centene Corp.

The other message several CCO leaders have sent to the state is to allow them the space to meet their members needs as they see fit, without a top-down approach. They hope the next round of five-year contracts, which will be issued next year, won’t be overly prescriptive about how the CCOs spend their dollars.

“We need to thread the needle between clarity of evaluations, with enough flexibility for the work to be impactful for local communities,” said Lindsey Hopper, vice president of Medicaid for PacificSource Community Solutions. “That’s the balance I hope gets struck.”

Each organization has the flexibility to respond to the needs of the local community in different ways, such as partnering with schools or nonprofits on smoking cessation or weight reduction programs.

For example, Intercommunity Health Network, which serves Benton, Lincoln and Linn Counties, uses the “collective impact model,” bringing the community together around a common agenda and measuring results, said CEO Kelley Kaiser. Contracted providers took a pay cut to create a transformation fund, which Intercommunity uses to fund innovative pilot projects.

“We end up being the backbone organization that brings all the organizations together,” Kaiser said. “CCO 1.0 led us to be in that role, and it’s served our communities well. CCO 1.0 said here’s the goal we’re trying to achieve and had the local partners figure out how to get there.”

Each CCO has at least one community advisory council, which can include Oregon Health Plan members.

“Especially as we move into the social determinants of health and connect the pieces of the safety net together, unless you’re locally based, you don’t know where those pieces are,” Balloch said. “I think if you look at other states, they bought into bigger is better and Oregon went in the opposite direction.”

Oregon once had larger players delivering Medicaid services, but many of those entities got out because they weren’t profitable, Balloch said. Then regional groups of providers formed independent practice associations that took on that caseload, later morphing into the CCOs.

One of those groups, the parent company of Trillium Community Health Plan, was scooped up by St. Louis-based Centene, a publicly traded company with $48.3 billion in annual revenue, in 2015. The sale generated a $131 million windfall for Trillium’s owners, while some community members in Lane County raised alarms about the potential loss of local control to a profit-motivated outside corporation.

But Trillium CEO Chris Ellertson said Centene “puts tons of accountability in the local team.”

“My team works closely with local board and delivery systems,” Ellertson said. “I don’t know that I’ve experienced a situation yet where we locally felt we couldn’t do something we wanted to do.”

Cascade Health Alliance working to improve community spaces in Klamath Falls

September 28, 2018

Tayo Akins, CEO of Cascade Health Alliance, and his entire staff were at the at Mills-Kiwanis Park opening event and have been working collaboratively with the Mills Neighborhood Association to create an environment people are proud to live in and feel safe using public spaces. Over the last year, CHA has contributed more than $50,000 to help improve community health outcomes through member engagement and community space improvements.


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Herald and News

Advanced Health strives to get ahead of the local drug crisis

September 27, 2018

Advanced Health and their community partners are working hard to reduce the amount of overdoses caused by fentanyl. In November, there will be several free public events to raise awareness about drug problems in Southern Oregon with panels hosted by the Department of Corrections, law enforcement, health care providers, and other local partners. Additionally, Advanced Health and The HIV Alliance are working to provide free naloxone and training on how to administer it to stop overdoses.


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The World

Local Students Build Garden Beds Through Umpqua Health Alliance Grant

September 25, 2018

Roseburg Junior Academy and Freemont Middle School are the first two schools in Douglas County to be approved for free garden beds under the Kitchen Garden Project. Funding to build the garden beds was made possible by a grant from the Umpqua Health Alliance. Nearly a dozen fourth through eighth graders constructed frames for three garden beds, carefully added two layers of soil and planted vegetable seeds. The aim is to get students outside to create, sustain and harvest vegetable gardens to promote healthy eating habits that can improve overall health and reduce the risk from major illnesses due to poor health choices.


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OHA OHP Member Survey Shows High Levels of Satisfaction with CCOs

September 11, 2018

OHA conducted a survey among OHP members in late August 2018 to gauge their satisfaction with services, in addition to ways to improve care through CCO 2.0.  Notably, 90 percent of OHP members indicated they were satisfied with the plan and the care they had received.


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OHA News Release: Oregon Health Plan members satisfied with OHP and coordinated care organizations, support proposals to improve CCOs

Oregon Health Policy Board Reviews Draft Version of CCO 2.0 Report Set for Finalization Oct. 15

September 11, 2018

The Oregon Health Policy Board received at its Sept. 11 meeting a draft version of the CCO 2.0 report from the Oregon Health Authority detailing recommended policies and policy implementation expectations. A draft Health Equity Impact Assessment, which features input from OHP members, was also included. OHA will make changes to the draft report and finalize for OHPB and public review by

September 28th. OHPB will vote on the final draft report October 15th. After OHPB adopts recommendations, OHA will no longer be able to accept public comment on issues that directly relate to the procurement of the contracts.


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Full draft CCO 2.0 report:,%202018%20OHPB%20Meeting%20Materials.pdf

Trillium to Offer Free Parenting Resources

Trillium and it’s community partners are teaming up to provide parenting resources free of charge for those who have children covered by Trillium, a Medicaid provider. Dr. Thomas Wuest with Trillium said they are currently serving about 90,000 people in Lane and western Douglas counties.

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Oregon Governor Tours New Umpqua Health Newton Creek Medical Facility

Oregon Governor Kate Brown got a firsthand look at the 25,000-square-foot Umpqua Health Newton Creek medical facility in Roseburg. The Newton Creek Medical Facility will bring up to twelve new providers to the area. Brown said, “It is visionary, the building was designed to enhance and support patient privacy and ensure patient and staff safety, as well as being completely ADA accessible.”

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Community shows huge support for inaugural ‘Out of the Darkness’ suicide awareness walk organized by Advanced Health

August 10, 2018

A large gathering of supporters joined together for the inaugural ‘Out of the Darkness” suicide awareness walk organized by Advanced Health and its local partners. About 290 people attended the walk that raised over $11,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for research, education and support services for all those affected by suicide. Advance Health’s chief healthcare transformation officer Lisa Hendricks, a member of the Suicide Prevention Committee in the county, said it’s been working on ways to address the challenges the community faces around suicide. In the most recent Coos County Community Health Improvement Plan (2015-2020), it stated from 2009 to 2011, there were 142 suicide-related hospitalizations in the area.


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Coos Bay World: Community shows huge support for inaugural ‘Out of the Darkness’ suicide awareness walk