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.

Gov. Kate Brown Unveils New Website Highlighting Impact of Affordable Care Act on Oregon

Salem , OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced a new website – 95percentoregon.com – to provide Oregonians information about the impact the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had on families and communities across the state.

“Good health is the starting place for thriving families and communities,” Governor Brown said. “The Affordable Care Act helped nearly half a million Oregonians gain health coverage, strengthened Oregon’s health care system, and added jobs into our economy. While there’s room to improve the ACA, we want to move forward, not backward, in providing Oregonians good health care and the peace of mind that health care coverage brings.”

To read more visit http://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?newsid=1784.

VIDEO: Governor Brown’s ACA message

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Bill would provide health care for all kids

More than 17,000 children are currently excluded from the Oregon Health Plan because of their residency status.

To address this, Governor Kate Brown testified Monday before the House Committee on Health Care in support of a bill known as “Cover All Kids.”

To read more visit the Statesman Journal.

Studies test accountable care organization cost savings

Participation in Medicare and Medicaid accountable care organizations may lead to modest gains, but those benefits grow over time, according to a pair of new studies.

Read more at fiercehealthcare.com.

OHA releases quarterly legislative report on Oregon’s health system transformation

OHA releases quarterly legislative report on Oregon’s health system transformation; Additional report released on CCO 2016 mid-year metrics.

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Feds approve continued Oregon innovation to Oregon Health Plan, but no mention of additional money

The federal government has approved Oregon’s request to continue innovations to the Oregon Health Plan, but there’s no mention of additional money to continue the reforms, according to a letter from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The Oregon Health Plan, the state’s version of Medicaid, provides health care services to about 1 million low- income and disabled Oregonians, including about 100,000 Lane County patients.

Read the article in full at The Register Guard.

Here’s how Oregon Medicaid providers saved the system $240M

The vast majority of low-income people served by Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations are enrolled in a medical “home” as a way to better manage their care.

Now there’s evidence that Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes save money, too.

The Oregon Health Authority released a study from Portland State University researchers highlighting the savings to the state’s health care system from the PCPCH program. The report found the estimated total savings was $240 million between 2012 and 2014.

Read more at the Portland Business Journal.