Category Archives: State of Reform

OHA releases draft RFA for CCO 2.0

On Friday, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released its draft request for applications (RFA) for the new CCO 2.0 contracts.  The draft RFA is available for public comment until January 14, and the final RFA will be released January 25, 2019. The draft RFA includes the principal document, along with 16 attachments that prioritize the Oregon Health […]
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Report: Life expectancy varies widely across Oregon neighborhoods

Earlier this year, officials at the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Center of Health Statistics analyzed national data and found that life expectancy varies widely across Oregon state. OHA analyzed the report from the U.S. Small-area Life Expectancy Estimates Project (USALEEP), a collaborative effort by the National Center for Health Statistics, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Association […]
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5 Things Oregon: Opioids, OHA RFA, YouScript – State of Reform

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson released on audit on the opioid crisis in Oregon, through the OHA’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). As part of CCO 2.0, the Oregon Health Authority recently announced that service areas will be defined by counties for the 2020-2024 contract period.  nine of the current CCOs have boundaries that don’t follow county […]
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The health policy implications of Oregon’s elections

After record spending in what many had rated a “toss-up” horse race for Governor, Gov. Kate Brown cruised to a six-point victory over State Rep. Knute Buehler, a moderate Republican who ran a policy focused, disciplined campaign. By the numbers, the Metro Portland area – urban Multnomah County (Portland) and suburban Washington County – on […]
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Oregon Health Policy Board discuss HOWTO Grant Program

On November 6th, the Oregon Health Policy Board held their monthly meeting. David W. Robinson, Executive Vice Provost at Oregon Health & Science University, presented the Healthy Oregon Workforce Training Opportunity (HOWTO) grant program. Oregon has given $8 million in funding for the new HOWTO grant program with the goal to broaden health professional training in Oregon […]
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Governor Brown’s four strategies to end homelessness in Oregon

On Tuesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown released her comprehensive strategy on how to end child and veteran homelessness and how to make housing more affordable in Oregon. According to the policy agenda, Brown’s ultimate vision is to increase accessible housing that will enable families to flourish. Source: Governor Brown’s four strategies to end homelessness in […]
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Chronic pain patients at risk to lose opioids due to Oregon Medicaid proposal 

The Oregon Health Authority is considering a proposal for the state’s Medicaid program that will remove opioid painkillers from patients who experience chronic pain. The proposal would require these patients to ultimately eliminate their opioids over a 12-month period of time. Source: Chronic pain patients at risk to lose opioids due to Oregon Medicaid proposal […]
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Newly released Oregon State Health Assessment focuses on social determinants of health

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released its 2018 Oregon State Health Assessment (SHA) Tuesday. The 220 page assessment is produced every five years to report on the overall health of Oregon and will be used by the OHA to identify priorities and strategies for the 2020 – 2024 State Health Improvement Plan. Source: Newly released […]
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Oregon health gains affected by social, economic issues

Oregon has made gains on important measures to improve health in the state, including reducing rates of opioid-related deaths and HIV infections, a new report finds. But social factors such as housing affordability, food insecurity and educational outcomes are undermining improvements in health outcomes. Source: Oregon health gains affected by social, economic issues – State […]
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Who can explain the state of behavioral health in Oregon?

Behavioral health has been under scrutiny in Oregon in recent years for under-funding and mismanagement. In late 2010, the US Department of Justice began investigating Oregon’s mental health system and in 2014 its report found that the state needed to reform the system to better integrate treatment for people with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) and […]
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