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Curran named as CareOregon’s new CEO

The Lund Report

January 14, 2012 -- CareOregon’s board of directors named Patrick Curran as its new chief executive officer on January 11, 2013.  Curran has served as interim CEO for the past month, following the retirement of David Ford.

Curran has been with CareOregon since 2003, holding a variety of positions over the years, including Provider Services Director, Medicare Director and, most recently, Senior Director of Business Strategy and Development.

CareOregon Members Greet Portland Streets with Smiles

December 5, 2012 -- There are a lot of smiling faces beaming from the corner of Southwest Fifth Avenue and Oak Street in Portland.

They are the faces of CareOregon members young and old, male and female, healthy and health-challenged. In photographs that cover the street-level windows of the CareOregon Building, they are a constant reminder of the people the health plan serves, both to the health plan staff and the casual passersby.

Dave Ford Retires as CEO of CareOregon

The Lund Report

November 26, 2012 -- David E. Ford, CEO since 2003, has announced his retirement from CareOregon, and the board has named Patrick Curran as his interim successor. Ford will retire at the end of the year.

Oregon’s New Health CO-OP Promises Lowest Administrative Costs

The Lund Report
Its CEO, Dr. Ralph Prows, wants to hear from consumers and business leaders and is hosting a series of sharing sessions

September 6, 2012 -- A consumer-driven insurance plan is gathering momentum in Oregon. Not only will people have a chance to help design this new plan, they can also have a seat on its governing board.

“This is a health plan with a conscience,” said Dr. Ralph Prows, CEO of Oregon’s Health CO-OP. “Our purpose and mission is to keep our costs down. We have to start keeping healthcare affordable and intend to have the lowest administrative costs of any health plan. We’re trying to do the right thing and are not interested in making a profit.”

Jackson County Coordinated Care Organization Receives State Approval

The Lund Report

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.

Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization Receives State Approval

The Lund Report

July 31, 2012 -- The application of Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization to be a Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) has been approved by the Oregon Health Authority. Under terms of the agreement, Columbia Pacific will begin coordinating services to Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members effective September 1, 2012, in Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook counties and part of Douglas County.

CareOregon Health Plans Achieve NCQA Accreditation

The Lund Report

February 28, 2012 -- The National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded Commendable accreditation to CareOregon Health Plan and CareOregon Advantage Plus Medicare Advantage plan.

CareOregon is the largest Medicaid MCO in Oregon, managing care for nearly 160,000 Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members, about a quarter of the OHP membership. CareOregon Advantage Plus HMO-POS is a special needs plan, coordinating care for about 6,000 members who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

Managed Care Plans Have $252 Million in Their Reserve Accounts

The Lund Report
The big question is what happens to these reserves held by the 14 plans that provide healthcare to Oregon Health Plan members

January 19, 2012—Oregon’s preparing to launch a major healthcare transformation that will lead to the creation of coordinated care organizations (CCOs) and integrate physical, mental and dental care for more than 600,000 people on the Oregon Health Plan.

But an important question hangs in the balance. What will happen to the millions of dollars in reserve funds now held by the managed care plans that currently provide such services?

Senators Drawn Into Conflict Over Medicaid Policy

The Lund Report
A fund-raising event and public hearing on the controversy occurred on the same day, raising eyebrows.
June 2, 2010 -- A fund-raising event for two prominent Democratic senators – Alan Bates and Laurie Monnes Anderson – occurred the same day as a controversial hearing on the fate of more than 10,000 children enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan.

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