Janet Meyer Offered Position as CEO of Health Share Oregon

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Medicaid Pays for 47 Percent of Children Born in Oregon

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Also, 20 percent of people on the Oregon Health Plan have chronic conditions, including mental health and substance abuse problems

January 16, 2013 -- After the Affordable Care Act passed, most states waited before taking action, but Oregon went full speed ahead to transform its healthcare system, said Martin Taylor, director of public policy and member centricity for Care Oregon, at the Transforming Care 2013 conference held by CCO Oregon last week.

CMS Approves Accountability Measures

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The coordinated care organizations will be graded on 17 metrics regarding access and quality of care, and be rewarded additional funds from a bonus pool

January 16, 2013 -- The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has given final approval to a waiver that includes a list of 17 accountability measures for Oregon’s new coordinated care organizations, which are providing care to the state’s Medicaid population through the Oregon Health Plan.

CMS ordered a last-minute adjustment that requires the CCOs to monitor the follow-up care for children who receive drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Regence Regains its Lead While Losing Individual Members

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At the same time, Regence is the only nonprofit insurer in Oregon not participating in coordinated care organizations, which provide services to people on Medicaid

January 2, 2013 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield took back its spot as Oregon’s top provider of health insurance, though its ongoing battle for market dominance remains a near-tie with previous leader Kaiser Permanente. Oregon’s health reform efforts played a major role pulling Kaiser down from the top position.

New Public Health Center to Help CCOs

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Behind-the-scenes work is key to promoting public health, according to its director Dr. Tom Eversole

Dec. 19, 2012 -- The new Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) should be viewed as part of the “operating system” that keeps the machinery of public health running, its new director told The Lund Report.

Dr. Tom Eversole, a veterinarian-turned public health professional, heads the new organization, which is designed to support public health in six sectors, with a special emphasis on communicable diseases, including epidemiology, laboratory testing and immunization.

Oregon Gives CCOs Financial Incentives for Quality Care

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A portion of the state’s increase in federal Medicaid funding will go to coordinated care organizations that show improvement in key areas

December 18, 2012 -- The Oregon Health Authority wants to give financial bonuses to the new coordinated care organizations if they can show good healthcare access as well as emphasize preventive practices such as mental health screening and good maternal healthcare.


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