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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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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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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Oregon lawmakers want public employees to use CCOs for health insurance

State lawmakers are considering cutting health insurance costs for Oregon’s teachers and government employees, by requiring they use the state’s Coordinated Care Organizations.

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Cascade Health Alliance marks 25 years; donates $1.2 million to local groups

In advance of the 25th anniversary for Cascade Comprehensive Care Inc. and its subsidiary Cascade Health Alliance, the company made donations to community projects totaling approximately $1.2 million in 2016.

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Oregon launches effort to transform behavioral health system

SALEM, Ore. – Behavioral health touches every Oregonian. Everyone has a friend, a loved one, or a neighbor who has experienced a mental health issue or substance use disorder — and many Oregonians experience these challenges themselves.

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AllCare, county reach pact

Jackson County and AllCare Health have reached an agreement for the county to keep providing mental health care to AllCare’s patients through June 30 — although the help could end earlier as the county continues to lose mental health employees.

The county and AllCare, which serves Oregon Health Plan clients, were unable to agree on financial terms for the county to continue providing mental health services to AllCare patients. With a contract set to expire March 31, Jackson County began hemorrhaging mental health workers.

To read more visit Mail Tribune.

Serenity Lane to begin accepting OHP for treatment services

ROSEBURG — Serenity Lane drug and alcohol providers announced this week a new contract with Douglas County CCO, Umpqua Health Alliance, to accept the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) for addiction treatment services including intensive outpatient, recovery support, mental health and DUII programs at their Roseburg clinic. Serenity Lane will also begin accepting OHP referrals from Umpqua Health for detox and inpatient programs at its residential campus in Coburg.

“We’re excited to partner with Serenity Lane to provide Umpqua Health Alliance members increased access to a comprehensive collection of addiction treatment services,” said Sue Goldberg, vice president of network and business development at Umpqua Health. “This partnership will complement the variety of programs we already offer our members and ensure they receive the help they need when and where it’s needed most.”

To read more visit The Umpqua Post.