Oregon CCOs Show Early Signs Of Reducing Health Care Disparities

Oregon’s coordinated care organizations appear to be reducing health disparities, according to a new study from Oregon Health and Science University.

Before Oregon had coordinated care organizations, the average life expectancy of a black person was about two years shorter than that of a white person. Also 35 percent of women of color had no regular provider, compared to 18 percent of white women.

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Coordinated care boosts prenatal access

Oregon’s coordinated care organizations lead to more timely prenatal care

Oregon’s coordinated care organizations (CCOs) helped more women on Medicaid access timely prenatal care, according to a new study. Researchers at Oregon State University found that in the first year of the CCOs in 2012, more women sought out care in the first trimester than had the year before. However, the findings were most positive for white and Asian women and those living in urban areas, meaning there’s more work to be done to help women of other ethnic groups and those living in rural areas. (Maternal and Child Health Journal)

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Impact of Parrish referendum could be in the billions, lawmaker says

The measure to repeal health provider taxes, already slated to cut state revenue by $333M, could lead to further losses when accounting for federal matching funds, said Sen. Richard Devlin.

Read more at Portland Business Journal.

Coordinated care organizations lead to more timely prenatal care

Pregnant women on Medicaid are more likely to receive timely prenatal care following Oregon’s implementation of coordinated care organizations, or CCOs, which are regional networks of health care providers who work together to treat patients, a new study has shown.

“We found that under the CCO model, the timeliness of prenatal care was significantly improved for Oregon women on Medicaid, with more women beginning care in the first trimester of their pregnancies,” said the study’s co-author, S. Marie Harvey, associate dean and distinguished professor in Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

Read more at Medical Xpress.

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.

Read more at State of Reform.

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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