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By consolidating healthcare management, the state hopes to coordinate care and create more efficiency across mental health, physical health and chemical dependency providers.
The intent is to create Coordinated Care Organizations, which will include some of the existing Medicaid managed care plans and, potentially, commercial insurers such as Regence BlueCross BlueShield, the state's largest health plan, which currently doesn't participate in Medicaid, but has some interest in looking at the idea, said Tom Holt, director of legislative and regulatory affairs.
"There may be some opportunity for creativity if it's done right that might cause us to take a second look at whether we can do well for people," Holt said. "We’re looking at it. We’re thinking long term. There’s a possibility. While they are initially talking about Medicaid, Medicare eligible, clearly it offers potential building blocks for more commercial business."
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