Kitzhaber: Oregon Health Plan changes covered more people, shaved growth in cost

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber speaks about Oregon’s successful reshaping of how medical services are delivered through coordinated-care organizations during a Washington County Public Affairs Forum luncheon Monday (May 15) at the Golden Valley Restaurant in Beaverton.Former Gov. John Kitzhaber says Oregon has shown, under a plan he crafted while in office, that it can provide medical care to more people and also slow the growth of costs.

Kitzhaber says the national political parties could draw lessons from Oregon’s five-year experiment under Medicaid with 16 coordinated-care organizations delivering services around the state.

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Lynne Saxton on CCOs

Oral health not spread equally among Oregon Medicaid’s population

Many adults and kids on Medicaid are not taking advantage of the free dental care they could receive through their local coordinated care organization.

Only one in three adults and just over half of children receive dental services in a given year, according to a new report from the Oregon Health Authority.

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Josephine County partnership with AllCare Health expands services in Cave Junction

A partnership with AllCare Health has led to the expansion of Josephine County Public Health services to the Illinois Valley.

The regional health care management organization originally partnered with the county health department two years ago and that led to expanded hours and services at the Grants Pass facility on NW Dimmick Street.

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Blue Zones to help Umpqua region improve health

The Umpqua region, with a focus on Roseburg, will be one of the three new demonstration communities in Oregon for the Blue Zones Project, a program meant to help residents improve their health and well being.

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The number of Oregon mental health workers is not keeping up with the need

A new report from the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees presents some good news—the vast expansion of the Oregon Health Plan means that Oregonians requiring mental health services are much more likely to see a provider.

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Creating a new model for behavioral health?

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) convened the Behavioral Health Collaborative (BHC) in the summer of 2016 to develop a set of recommendations that would transform Oregon’s behavioral health system by building upon Oregon’s coordinated care model to identify and address the system and operational barriers that prevent individuals and their families from getting the right support at the right time. The Behavioral Health Collaborative Report is available online. OHA has already begun moving towards implementation of those recommendations.

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Medicaid expansion: what the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment reveals

Harvard economist Katherine Baicker discusses the complex question of Medicaid expansion and elaborates on the findings from the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, touted by both supporters and opponents of the Affordable Care Act.

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Umpqua Health battles nicotine addiction with new quit program for smokers

The Umpqua Health Alliance said it “has deployed a new weapon in the war against nicotine addiction.”

UHA manages care for more than 26,000 Douglas County residents on the Oregon Health Plan. Last week, the company announced it will offer its members free access to the Quit for Life Program, which develops individualized, easy-to-follow quit plans for participants.

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