Category Archives: State of Reform

Concerns about CCO 2.0 brought up in senate committee

Last month, former Gov. John Kitzhaber raised concerns about the direction coordinated care organizations are headed when he spoke at the 2019 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Kitzhaber was the leading force behind the establishment of coordinated care organizations (CCOs) in 2012 when he was governor. With the current CCO contracts set to […]
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OHA approves AllCare, Cascade Health Alliance and Umpqua Health Alliance for full five-year coordinated care contracts

The Oregon Health Authority is announcing that three CCOs which had received one-year contracts have met the necessary requirements to earn full five-year contracts to serve Oregon Health Plan members for 2020-2024: AllCare CCO, Cascade Health Alliance, and Umpqua Health Alliance. Services for the new CCO contracts begin January 1, 2020. These contracts have been […]
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2019 Oregon State of Reform Keynote: One on One; Sen. James Manning – State of Reform

Our Lunch Keynote session at the 2019 Oregon State of Reform Conference featured four unique leaders, approaching the challenge of health reform from diverse perspectives. Our host, DJ Wilson, sat down with these leaders where he asked forward-looking questions in hopes of leveraging their experience to better understand the road ahead. This keynote features Sen. James […]
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OHA reassigns Oregon Health Plan members in 5 counties to new coordinated care organizations for 2020 to preserve access to care

Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members in 5 counties will be reassigned to different coordinated care organizations (CCOs), when new contracts for Medicaid health plans begin on January 1, 2020. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is moving members because the CCOs to which some OHP members were originally assigned (or members had chosen during the current […]
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To address obesity, workgroup researchers call for innovation at OHA Metrics and Scoring Committee meeting

Researchers from the OHA’s obesity glidepath workgroup have drafted a new metric for obesity reduction. Metrics and quality measures are used by the Oregon Health Authority to determine whether Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) are improving the quality of care and making it accessible for the populations it serves. Source: To address obesity, workgroup researchers call […]
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Governor Brown issues temporary ban on flavored vaping products, convenes vaping public health workgroup

Today, to address the growing public health threat of the vaping-related illness that has resulted in two deaths in Oregon and over a thousand cases of lung injury nationwide, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 19-09 , directing state agencies to enact a temporary ban on the sale of flavored vaping products, as well as other sources […]
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Early results released from Oregon Health Insurance Survey

A new report from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) finds that 94% of Oregonians have health insurance, amounting to nearly 3.9 million individuals. This represents about a 10% increase since 2013, prior to the Affordable Care Act, according to the report. Findings in the report come from the Oregon Health Insurance Survey (OHIS) which surveyed […]
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Gov. Brown signs bill establishing System of Care Advisory Council – State of Reform

This week, Governor Kate Brown signed a bill establishing the statewide System of Care Advisory Council. The council will bring together 25 members from a variety of agencies, organizations, and backgrounds with the goal of improving care and support for vulnerable children and families in Oregon. Source: Gov. Brown signs bill establishing System of Care […]
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Governor Brown approves progressive medical leave law – State of Reform | State of Reform

On Friday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law a family medical leave act. The act has been called “the nation’s most progressive family leave act.” The House bill passed this session with bi-partisan support. This law makes Oregon the eighth state in the United States to offer guaranteed family leave. Source: Governor Brown approves […]
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OHA releases 2018 CCO Metrics Report 

The Oregon Health Authority released the 2018 CCO Metrics Report on Tuesday, detailing Coordinated Care Organizations’ (CCOs) progress on various quality measures in 2018. The report includes information on Oregon’s pay-for-performance program, where CCOs receive payment based on their performance on specified incentive metrics. Source: OHA releases 2018 CCO Metrics Report – State of Reform