Curran named as CareOregon’s new CEO

January 14, 2012 -- CareOregon’s board of directors named Patrick Curran as its new chief executive officer on January 11, 2013.  Curran has served as interim CEO for the past month, following the retirement of David Ford.

Curran has been with CareOregon since 2003, holding a variety of positions over the years, including Provider Services Director, Medicare Director and, most recently, Senior Director of Business Strategy and Development.

CareOregon Members Greet Portland Streets with Smiles

December 5, 2012 -- There are a lot of smiling faces beaming from the corner of Southwest Fifth Avenue and Oak Street in Portland.

They are the faces of CareOregon members young and old, male and female, healthy and health-challenged. In photographs that cover the street-level windows of the CareOregon Building, they are a constant reminder of the people the health plan serves, both to the health plan staff and the casual passersby.

Dave Ford Retires as CEO of CareOregon

November 26, 2012 -- David E. Ford, CEO since 2003, has announced his retirement from CareOregon, and the board has named Patrick Curran as his interim successor. Ford will retire at the end of the year.

Jackson County Coordinated Care Organization Receives State Approval

July 31, 2012 -- The Oregon Health Authority has approved the application for Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) status for Jackson County Coordinated Care Organization, which will conduct business as Jackson Care Connect. Jackson Care Connect will begin coordinating services for Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members beginning September 1.

CCOs are designed to bring together under one umbrella the providers, hospitals, health plans and social agencies that currently operate separately.

Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization Receives State Approval

July 31, 2012 -- The application of Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization to be a Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) has been approved by the Oregon Health Authority. Under terms of the agreement, Columbia Pacific will begin coordinating services to Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members effective September 1, 2012, in Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook counties and part of Douglas County.

State grants Jackson County Coordinated Care Organization provisional approval

July 16, 2012 -- On June 28, 2012, the Oregon Health Authority provisionally approved the second-round applications for Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO) certification, including the application for Jackson County Coordinated Care Organization. Beginning September 1st, Jackson County CCO will serve Medicaid/Oregon Health Plan (OHP) recipients in Jackson County.

Nurse-Midwives Help Address Healthcare Disparity in Washington County

March 13, 2012 -- It’s a disturbing trend. Babies in America are being born too soon. As of 2006, the preterm rate for all live births in the US increased more than 30 percent, from 9.4 percent to 12.8 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While that trend has leveled out in more recent years, the U.S. preterm rate still rates poorer than that of many other countries, and remains below the levels here of just a few years ago.

CareOregon Health Plans Achieve NCQA Accreditation

February 28, 2012 -- The National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded Commendable accreditation to CareOregon Health Plan and CareOregon Advantage Plus Medicare Advantage plan.

CareOregon is the largest Medicaid MCO in Oregon, managing care for nearly 160,000 Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members, about a quarter of the OHP membership. CareOregon Advantage Plus HMO-POS is a special needs plan, coordinating care for about 6,000 members who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.


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