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.

“Our goal is to improve patients’ experience and health outcomes, while spending public funds wisely,” said Patrick Curran, director of Business Integration at CareOregon, one of the partners in Jackson Care Connect.

“Jackson Care Connect will integrate medical care, behavioral health, addictions treatment and eventually dental care,” said Curran. “We want to meet the needs of the whole person, rather than treating the mind separately from body and separating primary health needs from specialty and hospital care needs.”

Preventive care will be a major goal for Jackson Care Connect, according to Curran, who says the CCO will also work more closely with members with chronic or complex conditions.

Jackson Care Connect, like the other new CCOs in the state, will involve members closely in planning as well. Each CCO will have a Community Advisory Council and more than half the council will be made up of members or their caregivers.

“Our governance board and community advisory council will have a local emphasis,” Curran said. “Jackson Care Connect will become truly member centered so that patients get the right care at the right time. That’s a big step toward improving our members’ experience with care, how effective care is for them, and how well we can control the limited funds available.”

Jackson Care Connect is a collaborative of area organizations that have been providing care and services to OHP members here, including Addictions Recovery Center, Asante Rogue Valley Medical Center, CareOregon, Community Health Center, Jackson County Health and Human Services, Jefferson Regional Health Alliance, La Clinica, OnTrack, PrimeCare and Providence.

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