Tag Archives: Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs)

CCOs to Oregon Health Authority: Keep Medicaid local

The boundaries and even operators of the Oregon’s 15 coordinated care organizations could change next year, when the Oregon Health Authority awards new five-year contracts. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: CCOs to Oregon Health Authority: Keep Medicaid local – Portland Business Journal

Oregon’s Medicaid experiment is put to the test, as costs outpace budgets

Early next year, the Oregon Health Authority will issue a call for applications to run the state’s 15 coordinated care organizations, which manage care for 1 million people on the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s version of Medicaid. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: Oregon’s Medicaid experiment is put to the test, as […]
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Kitzhaber on what’s worked and what hasn’t in Oregon’s Medicaid experiment

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber went to Washington in 2012 and negotiated a deal that would land Oregon $1.9 billion in federal grants and the greenlight to transform the state’s Medicaid system. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: Kitzhaber on what’s worked and what hasn’t in Oregon’s Medicaid experiment – Portland Business Journal

State health costs soar, despite reforms’ promise.

Spiking drug costs pressure Oregon Health Plan as care organizations get squeezed. Source: State health costs soar, despitereforms’ promise.

Oregon may expand CCO’s cap on cost growth to the rest of the health care market

Oregon policymakers are gravitating toward a method to contain health care costs that’s already used by a good slice of the market. The draft proposal calls for establishing an annual target for growth in total health care expenditures, similar to the benchmark used by Oregon’s coordinated care organizations to hold down Medicaid spending. Request full-text (for […]
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CareOregon, major Medicaid player, approaches $100 million in losses

Three years of losses at Portland-based Medicaid giant CareOregon will probably exceed $96 million by the end of 2018, executives confirmed Friday. The insurer’s deteriorating financial position raises new questions about the sustainability of Oregon’s pioneering model for providing health care to the poor. Source: CareOregon, major Medicaid player, approaches $100 million in losses | […]
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Governor tours new Umpqua Health building

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown got a firsthand look at the 25,000-square-foot Umpqua Health Newton Creek medical facility Wednesday morning. Brown was in Roseburg to meet with several health care providers and the Community Advisory Council for Umpqua Health Alliance, Douglas County’s only coordinated-care organization. Source: Governor tours new Umpqua Health building

Mental Health Advocates Hope For More From CCOs – OPB’s Think Out Loud

We hear from the mother of a Portland man who recently had a mental health crisis, and talk with the executive director of the Oregon chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Chris Bouneff and Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran about how that story illustrates problems with the mental health system at large. Source: Mental […]
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For health care reform version 2.0, a few guiding principles: Editorial

In the midst of the Great Recession, Oregon leaders gambled big. With then-Gov. John Kitzhaber leading the way, legislators in 2011 authorized a restructuring of how Oregon provides health care to its poorest residents. Designed to treat patients holistically while containing costs, the plan called for the Oregon Health Authority to contract with “coordinated care […]
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Oregon CCOs performed well on quality measures in 2017

The majority of the state’s Medicaid coordinated care organizations received 100 percent of their incentive dollars for hitting their quality metrics, according to a new report. The Oregon Health Authority created a quality pool from a percentage of monthly CCO payments to reward them for meeting benchmarks in managing care for 1 million low-income people […]
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