Health CO-OP Joins Forces with OHSU Partners

OHSU, Salem Health, Tuality Health Alliance, Adventist Health System and CO-OP develop plan to share accountability for the cost, quality and service to CO-OP members

Oregon's Health CO-OP has signed a letter of intent to develop a new population health partnership with OHSU, Salem Health, Tuality Health and Adventist Health System. Under the proposed arrangement, the CO-OP will offer an insurance product that features an integrated network of providers across the Portland metro area and Salem to improve outcomes and access. Because the partners would share in the financial performance of the product, it creates aligned incentives for care coordination and shared accountability for costs and care among CO-OP members and providers.

Salem Health, OHSU and Tuality Healthcare are all part of OHSU Partners, created last year to build an aligned, community-based health care approach to sustainable health care transformation in Oregon. "The LOI is one example of how these OHSU Partners are working with others to deliver greater value to Oregonians," said Peter Rapp, Chief Executive Officer for OHSU Partners.

The product will be available on Oregon's health insurance exchange for individuals, and will also be available to individuals and small groups directly from Oregon's Health CO-OP.

"This is a great example of how OHSU continues to work across many aspects of the health care system to deliver improved outcomes, access and value," said Mark Richardson, M.D., M.B.A., M.Sc.B., an OHSU executive vice president who is dean of OHSU's School of Medicine and president of its Faculty Practice Plan.

"Salem Health is pleased to be part of this new agreement," said Cheryl Wolfe, President and CEO of Salem Health. "Broadening Salem Health's successful collaborative partnerships will benefit people in our community."

Oregon's Health CO-OP is a member-governed health plan that has been building provider relationships to better serve the CO-OP membership. Tuality Health Alliance and Adventist Health System have been serving CO-OP members since 2013 as SELECT Network providers.

"The planned partnership will expand the number of delivery system partners with a commitment and shared accountability for improvements in cost, quality and service for our members," said Phil Jackson, CEO at Oregon's Health CO-OP. "Our growth and stability is now enabling us to create innovative programs and meaningful partnerships to serve our growing member community."

The planned partnership will provide Oregon's Health CO-OP members an expansion of its current SELECT Network. Today, the SELECT network provides access to all the providers and services of Adventist Healthcare System and Tuality Healthcare Alliance, with limited use of OHSU for highly specialized care not available through these healthcare systems. Effective Jan. 1, 2017, the Select Network will expand to include unlimited access to OHSU and extend to Marion and Polk county residents through Salem Health and its affiliated provider partners.

Oregon's Health CO-OP members currently enrolled in the SELECT Network will see no changes in 2016. The expanded SELECT Network will be effective Jan. 1, 2017.

About Oregon's Health CO-OP
Oregon's Health CO-OP is a non-profit, member-driven, member-governed Health Insurance Plan whose vision is to create partnerships in our communities to drive positive change and personal choice in the accessibility and affordability of quality healthcare. Oregon's Health CO-OP provides individual and group insurance plans that are flexible in design, with ample alternative care options, and simple payment plans with no deductible or co-insurance. Oregon's Health CO-OP is nationally recognized for transforming health insurance by addressing the needs and requests of our community, and improving health for all.Oregon's Health CO-OP began enrolling members in 2013 and currently serves over 23,000 Oregonians. For more information, visit www.ohcoop.org.

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