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.