Oregon Health System Transformation: CCO Metrics 2016 Final Report

The Oregon Health Authority released its latest CCO Metrics performance report. Read the full report here.

Cleaning up Medicaid eligibility

Over the past week, the Medicaid eligibility and enrollment process has been in the news. While the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) appreciates the Secretary of State’s shared commitment to ensuring that the right Oregonians get the health care and benefits for which they are eligible, we are concerned by the assertions contained in last week’s “Auditor Alert,” which referenced preliminary information and did not provide important Medicaid context for the Oregon Health Plan’s renewal and eligibility process. On Tuesday OHA leadership testified to the Oregon Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Services to provide this context and correct misinformation.

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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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