Oregon Health Authority

Non-Traditional Health Worker Steering Committee meets Jan. 7, 14 in Salem, Portland

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January 3, 2013 -- The Oregon Health Policy Board’s Non-Traditional Health Worker (NTHW) Steering Committee will meet January 7 in Salem and January 14 in Portland.

The meetings are open to the public and also will be accessible via webinar and teleconference. Public comments will be taken at the end of each meeting, and also can be submitted in writing.

Save The Date: Oregon Health Policy Board to Meet Dec. 11

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Public forum on health system transformation progress

November 28, 2012 -- The first coordinated care organizations (CCO) started in Oregon on August 1, 2012 in several areas of the state. Now, about 90 percent of Oregon Health Plan members are served by a CCO.

The Oregon Health Policy Board is holding an extended public meeting in December focused on the new coordinated care organizations. Oregon Health Plan members, community stakeholders, and the general public are invited to attend or watch online.

Oregon Health Policy Board to hold monthly meeting November 13 in Portland 

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November 9, 2012 -- The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting November 13 in Portland. The board will hear an overview of coordinated care organization implementation and a presentation on alignment opportunities between the board and Oregon’s Early Learning Council. The board also will continue its ongoing discussion of community health initiatives. Public testimony will be heard beginning at 11:45 a.m. 

When: Tuesday, November 13, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 

New Coordinated Care Organizations Approved for Oregon Health Plan

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July 31, 2012 -- Five new Coordinated Care Organizations will begin serving Oregon Health Plan members in September, the Oregon Health Authority announced today.

The new CCOs will provide services for OHP members in 22 counties. In total, there are 13 Coordinated Care Organizations serving 33 counties in the state. By Sept. 1 nearly 500,000 adults and children – the majority of Oregon Health Plan members – will have access to a CCO.

Oregon Health Authority on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

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Statement from Bruce Goldberg, M.D., Oregon Health Authority director

June 28, 2012 -- “The Supreme Court ruling today upholding the Affordable Care Act is very good news for the 600,000 Oregonians who do not have health care coverage.

“Because of the cost, health care had become out of reach for too many people. It has been particularly difficult for low-income Oregonians to get health care coverage. We have a limited number of openings for adults on the Oregon Health Plan and we draw names to fill them. It’s like a health care lottery.

Obesity Epidemic Worsening in Oregon

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New data: Physical inactivity, poor nutrition cause increase in obesity

May 15, 2012 -- Obesity rates in Oregon have jumped 121 percent among adults since 1990, driven by a lack of physical activity and poor nutrition, a new Oregon Health Authority report has found.

More than 1.76 million people, or 60 percent of the adult population, were overweight or obese in 2009, according to Oregon Overweight, Obesity, Physical Activity and Nutrition Facts, developed by OHA’s Public Health Division. View the report here.

Oregon Selected For a National Pilot Project to Improve the Use of Psychotropic Medications Among Children in Foster Care

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Multi-year quality improvement initiative awarded based on state’s progress

April 13, 2012 -- Oregon continues efforts to ensure the most appropriate use of psychotropic medications in the child welfare system. Based on this progress, the Department of Human Services (DHS) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced today that Oregon has been chosen as one of five states that will be part of a national pilot project focused on improving use of medication among children and adolescents in foster care with mental and behavioral health needs.

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