Category Archives: State of Reform

OHA releases five priorities for 2020-2024 State Health Improvement Plan – State of Reform

The Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA-PHD) recently announced its top five priorities for the 2020–2024 State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). The plan, which is still in development, identifies key public health priorities for the state and strategies to improve health outcomes across Oregon. Source: OHA releases five priorities for 2020-2024 State […]
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5 Things Oregon: Q&A with Rep. Salinas, Health care bills to watch – State of Reform

Here’s what we’re watching in Oregon health care! Q&A with Representative Salinas Bills to watch Takeaways from CCO 2.0 letters of intent Report: CCOs lead the way in primary care spending percentage Source: 5 Things Oregon: Q&A with Rep. Salinas, Health care bills to watch, Colin Cave, MD – State of Reform | State of […]
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New Study: A comparison of health benefits for Oregon state employees & neighboring states

Actuarial firm Milliman recently released a report comparing the health benefits offered to state employees and teachers in five Western states. The report came at the request of the Oregon Business Council Charitable Institution (OBC) and specifically evaluates health benefits for Oregon public sector employees compared to Idaho, Nevada, Washington, and California. Source: New Study: […]
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OHA releases application for 2020-2024 coordinated care contracts

The Oregon Health Authority has released the request for applications (RFA) that lays out the requirements applicants must meet to serve Oregon Health Plan members for the next five years of coordinated care contracts, also known as “CCO 2.0.” Letters of intent to apply will be due to OHA February 1 by 5 p.m. Oregon […]
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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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