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House Bill 2522 Spells Out CCO Role for Chiropractors

The Oregon Chiropractic Organization would like a statutory role for chiropractors, naturopaths and nurse practitioners, but CCO representatives want to keep flexibility

February 26, 2013-- The organization representing chiropractors is pushing a bill that would require coordinated care organizations to consider them equal to medical doctors, but quickly ran into opposition.

Senate Bill Would Require More Use of School Clinics by CCOs

Coordinated care organizations already use school-based health centers in much of the state, but SB 436 would make their use statutory

February 25, 2013 — Oregon’s healthcare delivery transformation has been rolled out so quickly that Oregon Health Authority Director Dr. Bruce Goldberg still talks about the age of coordinated care organizations not in years or even months but in days.

Greenlick and Shields Want to Shine Daylight on CCOs

Pair of bills would open CCO meetings to the public and give teeth to community oversight council

Editor's note: This story has been corrected from an earlier version.

February 15, 2013 — Coordinated care organizations would face more scrutiny under a pair of bills heard Wednesday from Portland Democrats Sen. Chip Shields and Rep. Mitch Greenlick.

Oregon Health Authority Delays Contract

Up to $2.5 million will be spent over the next five years to help coordinated care organizations transform the delivery system

February 15, 2013 – More than 40 healthcare organizations and entrepreneurs are vying for a multi-year contract worth up to $2.5 million intended to help coordinated care organizations achieve their goals.

Janet Meyer Offered Position as CEO of Health Share Oregon

Meyer announced the offer at the Community Advisory Council meeting last week, which focused on cultural competence and legislative priorities

UPDATE: This story has been corrected to more accurately reflect the status of Meyer's position, the timing of the submission of the transformation plan and the nature of the council's vote regarding fluoridation.

Providers, Educators, Social Workers Investigate Early Childhood Development Screening Tools

A joint subcommittee of the Oregon Health Policy Board and the Early Learning Council also intends to create childcare “hubs” that would mirror CCOs

 

February 7, 2013 – Health and education go hand in hand. Children whose healthcare needs are being met usually do better in school than those who don't have enough to eat, don't have access to safe housing and those whose families struggle to meet their basic health needs.

Health Reform Dependent on Good Information Technology, Says Abby Sears

Change may not happen at the speed stakeholders anticipate, she says – but being willing to learn from mistakes will be helpful

February 4, 2013 -- Healthcare reform – at both the state and federal level – won't be possible unless clinics and providers have good, up-to-date information on their patients. That in turn won't be possible without good information technology and appropriate supports, said Abigail Sears, CEO of the Oregon Community Health Information Network.

Flares Still Brewing Over Integration of Dental Care

The decision about when and how to integrate dental care into the coordinated care movement is likely to face the legislative assembly

January 30, 2013 -- Mike Shirtcliff insists he’s not trying to derail the transformation process and says that he supports the integration of dental care into coordinated care organizations, better known as CCOs. He just wants to make certain patient care isn’t sidelined by the process. Currently, 650,000 people on Medicaid receive physical and mental health services from the 15 CCOs throughout Oregon.

Public Health Essential to Reducing Healthcare Costs

Smoking cessation, maternity care and mental health services are focus of coordinated care organizations working alongside public health

January 16, 2013 -- Asking for a show of hands during a breakout session on public health and coordinated care at last week's conference on Transforming Care, Chris Palmedo, director of public affairs at Northwest Health Foundation, said, “How many people believe the current system integrates care in a way that maximizes public health?”

Not a single hand went up among the 150 or so people present.

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