Ride Service Shifts from State to CCOs in Corvallis, Eugene

The Lund Report
Until now, the state has delayed the requirement that CCOs contract non-emergency medical transportation for Oregon Health Plan members. By January, the free service will expand to all members, and the responsibility for the service will shift entirely on the backs of local health organizations.


Legislation Failed, Yet Dental Integration Moves Forward

The Lund Report
Coordinated care organizations have until next summer to integrate dental care with their medical and behavioral health services, but disputes including a failed Senate bill that would have satisfied concerns of dental groups has slowed the process.


July 19, 2013 — Coordinated care organizations have started the tricky work of integrating dental care into their healthcare delivery system for the Oregon Health Plan, now that legislation pushed by dental organizations has failed, and the ground rules have become more settled.

Klamath County’s Mental Health Services Under Transition

A non-profit will likely begin operating county-provided mental health services later this summer


July 8, 2013—For a few weeks in late May and early June, it looked like Klamath County’s county-operated mental health programs would shut down or be disrupted. But frantic negotiations and the involvement of the Oregon Health Authority is preventing that from happening.

Traditional Healthcare Workers Join CCO Movement

The Lund Report
This work force is intended to help people lead healthier lives, as well as save money

July 1, 2013—Traditional health workers and their impact on Oregon’s healthcare system, particularly the Oregon Health Plan, were the subject of an all-day conference sponsored by Acumentra Health last week.

Republican Senator Objects to Secret Meetings for CCO Councils

The Lund Report
The Senate passes a bill that requires that some — but not all — community advisory council meetings be public. It was the third attempt by the Legislature to improve public oversight of CCOs after the organizations fought off two previous measures.


June 20, 2013 — The Senate passed a bill that will ensure a minimal level of public oversight in the operations of coordinated care organizations, but Sen. Jeff Kruse, a Roseburg Republican, objected because it allows CCOs to keep some meetings private that he said were specifically intended to be public.

Billing, Provider Issues Top List of OHP complaints

The Lund Report
After hearing a report on client satisfaction, Health Share of Oregon ran out of time for a scheduled brainstorming session on member engagement

June 13, 2013 – Billing issues, provider rudeness and access to primary care – particularly for people living with chronic pain – top the list of complaints that Oregon Health Plan patients have with providers and the plan itself, said Ellen Pinney, patient ombudsperson for the Oregon Health Auth

Greenlick, CCOs, Agree to Minimum Standard of Public Oversight

The Lund Report
An amendment to Senate Bill 725 severely scales back previous attempts to force the CCOs to operate in public, makes no demands that CCOs aren’t currently abiding, and only requires public participation twice a year.


May 10, 2013 — In yet another attempt to provide some transparency to the governance of coordinated care organizations, Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, has forged and accepted an agreement that will ensure a minimal level of public involvement.

Barney Speight Isn't Kidding When He Says He's Retiring

The Lund Report
Before leaving state government, however, Speight had some words of wisdom about the future of coordinated care organizations.


May 10, 2013 – This time around Barney Speight insists it's for real. On July 1, he's stepping down as special assistant to the director of the Oregon Health Authority, Dr. Bruce Goldberg, and intends to retire – for good.

Outreach, Talk of Transparency Take Stage at Health Share's Community Advisory Council

The Lund Report
Board meetings will have 'open sessions by invitation' and board meeting minutes will be available by request

May 8, 2013 – Following a relatively brief discussions of the ongoing Community Health Needs Assessment, the Mental Health and Addictions Committee and an update from CEO Janet Meyer – and a preview of the new member handbook – Health Share of Oregon's community advisory council went into an exec


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