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Policy Board Voices Little Concern About CCO Letters of Intent

The Lund Report

April 12, 2012—A presentation about the number of organizations intending to become coordinated care organizations (CCOs) by August drew little discussion from the Oregon Health Policy Board on Tuesday.

The authority received 47 letters of intent from every county and area of the state. “We look at that as being an enthusiastic response,” Judy Mohr Peterson, the authority’s director of medical assistance programs, told the board. “We have a lot of interest.”

Deschutes County Audit Could Result in Medicaid Payback

The Lund Report
An audit conducted by Accountable Behavioral Health Alliance revealed errors in patient records by Deschutes County Health Services

April 9, 2012—An August 2011 audit performed by Accountable Behavioral Health Alliance on Deschutes County Health Services is showing how difficult it is for some organizations to meet the requirements and provide the type of care expected of coordinated care organizations (CCOs).

Guidelines Set for Community Health Workers to Participate in CCOs

The Lund Report
But more work needs to be done to develop the training and education programs

March 26, 2012—Community health workers who will work with coordinated care organizations (CCOs) will be expected to need 80 hours of training and education, but not be licensed, according to recommendations that a subcommittee of the Oregon Healthcare Workforce Committee expects to approve Wednesday.

The committee, called the Non-Traditional HealthCare Workforce Subcommittee, was created by the Oregon Health Policy Board to create standards and guidelines for a state-wide workforce of community health workers.

Southern Oregon Providers Work to Embed Behavioral Health into Primary Clinics

The Lund Report
The effort, initially funded by a 2006 grant, is now being extended to coordinated care organizations in southern Oregon

March 24, 2012—A quick, 15-minute appointment with a mental health counselor to talk about the effects of stress and anxiety when a person has an ulcer is radically different than a traditional hour long appointment with a counselor. But providers in southern Oregon are discovering that such appointments, which integrate mental healthcare in the same primary care setting, go a long way toward improving a patient’s health.

School District’s Achievement Compacts will Include Absenteeism

The Lund Report
Children’s advocates hope that more school-based health services will occur once more is learned about why students miss school

March 22, 2012—After intense lobbying and attending countless Oregon Education Investment Board meetings and subcommittee meetings, the Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition got what it wanted: inclusion of absenteeism in the achievement compacts between school districts and the state, which could lead to more information about students’ health problems.

No Need for Provider Tax on Developmental Disability Programs

The Lund Report
The Legislature restored funding to these programs, erasing concern about a 4 percent cut

March 21, 2012—People who provide services to the developmentally disabled were willing to pay a provider tax out of their own pockets in order to receive federal matching dollars, but such a tax ended up being unnecessary.

They made the attempt after learning about a 4 percent reduction that would have been imposed in April, and had already seen a 6 percent cut in programs last October.

A Tight Timeline for CCO Development Worries Policy Board Members, Advocates

The Lund Report
But Dr. Bruce Goldberg said it was critical to get CCOs up and running and for the state to receive additional federal funds

March 19, 2012—The Oregon Health Authority is racing against the clock in order to have coordinated care organizations (CCOs) certified and providing care to Oregon Health Plan patients by August 1st amid growing concern that the tight timeline doesn’t leave enough time for a thorough vetting public process.

Mental Health Carve Out Bill Faced Governor’s Veto

The Lund Report
The bill would have required the state to pay for drugs that treat mental illnesses, HIV/AIDS, cancer and immunosuppressant disorders

March 12, 2012—A bill that would have required the state to continue paying for drugs used for mental illnesses, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and immunosuppressant drugs until 2016 died in the last days of the Legislature, blocked by the House and facing a veto threat from Governor Kitzhaber.

Nutrition Program for Seniors Goes Without Additional Funding

The Lund Report
Demand for the program doubles the number of food vouchers available

March 7, 2012—The recently resolved $300 million deficit in Oregon’s budget meant tough cuts. But the ongoing recession means an ongoing need for funding social programs. One of the programs that fell between those proverbial rock and hard spots this legislative session was the Senior Farm Direct Nutrition Program, which helps low-income seniors purchase fresh fruit and vegetables.

Insurance Exchange Bill Moves Toward Floor Vote, with Amendment Relating to OEBB Opt-Out

The Lund Report
School districts will now have a role in helping the insurance exchange choose the benefit plans that will be offered

March 2, 2012—After weeks of being stuck in the Legislature’s budget committee, the bill allowing Oregon’s health insurance exchange to proceed toward implementation is moving toward a House and Senate vote —along with a little baggage in the form of a completely unrelated amendment supported by Republicans.

The legislation is expected to easily pass both chambers.

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