Health Share of Oregon is Collaborative’s New Name

August 8, 2012 -- The state’s largest new Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) has a new name—Health Share of Oregon—in time for its launch September 1. When all the hospitals, county departments and most of the Medicaid managed health plans in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties joined together last winter to form a collaborative, they called it just that: Tri-County Medicaid Collaborative. The collaborative’s first step was to seek a federal grant to support health transformation in the Tri-County area. They received a $17.3 million federal health care innovation grant in June. And throughout the spring, the Collaborative has been working to develop a CCO, the state’s newest method of providing care to members of the Oregon Health Plan. “This is a unique time in Oregon,” said Janet Meyer, Health Share’s Interim CEO. “The legislature made the decision to ask health providers, counties, plans, hospitals and local agencies to band together to design health plans that will transform health in the state. With our members, communities and other stakeholders, we all share a role in making this the healthiest place in which to live. And, because CCOs are designed to put the member at the center of the health system, people and their providers will be asked to share responsibility for developing a path to health which will be guided by the member’s needs.” Health Share of Oregon is made up of Adventist Health, CareOregon, Central City Concern, Clackamas County, Kaiser, Legacy Health, Multnomah County, Oregon Health & Science University, Providence Health & Services, Tuality Healthcare and Washington County.
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