July 2, 2012 -- Five of the eight Community Care Organizations (CCOs) to receive certification by the State of Oregon on Wednesday included members of the Coalition for a Healthy Oregon (COHO). The Oregon Health Authority’s initial list of certified CCOs identified those who can begin enrolling patients on August 1. OHA is expected to release three more ‘waves’ later this year. The first wave included the following CCOs
affiliated with COHO members:
- AllCare Health Plan (affiliated with Mid Rogue IPA)
- FamilyCare, Inc.
- Umpqua Health Alliance (affiliated with Douglas County Independent Practice Association-DCIPA)
- Western Oregon Advanced Health, LLC (affiliated with Doctors of the Oregon Coast South-DOCS)
- Willamette Valley Community Health, LLC (affiliated with WVP Health Authority)
“COHO members haven’t just talked transformation, they’ve been actively involved, dedicating time and resources, to make it a successful reality,” said Jeff Heatherington, President of COHO and Portland-based FamilyCare Inc. “COHO is proud to have supported the transformation legislation and we thank the Legislature, Governor Kitzhaber and his staff for their continued leadership.”
“Our community partners and our diligent staff deserve credit for helping us pull our locally-based CCO together,” said Doug Flow, CEO of the Southern Oregon based AllCare CCO.
“CCOs will help providers deliver even better health care to their patients, improving the overall health of our communities,” Heatherington said. “While health care at the federal level has been politicized, Oregon has continued its long tradition of working together in a bi-partisan manner to help all Oregonians. There’s still a long road ahead of us to work out specific details but COHO members are engaged and committed to making CCOs work for the benefit all of Oregon.”
The Coalition for a Healthy Oregon works with providers in their communities to ensure access to high-quality, cost-effective care for those most in need. COHO has a proven record of balancing the essential, dynamic elements—cost, quality and access—required to effectively serve the health care needs of OHP members.