Coalition of CCOs and Doctors' Groups Pour $1.4 Million into Elections

The Coalition for a Healthy Oregon proved an effective political counterweight to insurance, pharmaceuticals and hospital interests, backing legislation to create and strengthen CCOs.

Editor's Note: The WVP Health Authority represents the Salem area on the Coalition for a Healthy Oregon, but its CCO does not belong to the organization. We regret the error.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Embraces the Triple Aim

Its association has been invited by Dr. Bruce Goldberg to participate in a new advisory group on how to integrate complementary and alternative medicine into the state's healthcare programs.


OPINION -- Six months into presiding over the Oregon Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OAAOM), I see an organization in the midst of enormous transformation and professional opportunity. Today we are at a pivotal moment for balancing the needs of the future with the lessons of the past.

Health Share of Oregon Doesn't Anticipate Provider Shortage

Council meeting also addressed dental benefits, non-emergency medical transportation


September 11, 2013 – Health Share of Oregon has added Kaiser Permanente to its roster of dental providers, CEO Janet Meyer told the coordinated care organization's community advisory council at its monthly meeting last week.

Legislation Failed, Yet Dental Integration Moves Forward

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

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 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.


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