Tension Mounts in Klamath County Over CCO

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Cascade Health Alliance, which has been certified as the CCO, cannot move forward because of an impasse with county commissioners over mental health services

November 21, 2012 -- The movement to create coordinated care organizations throughout Oregon is riddled with tension in Klamath County where its commissioners are embroiled in a dispute with Cascade Health Alliance over who should be responsible for mental health services.

Naturopaths Given Reprieve by Oregon Health Authority

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But patients who want to start seeing naturopathic doctors through the Oregon Health Plan are still out of luck

November 16, 2012 -- Naturopathic doctors are “cautiously optimistic” that they will have a place within Oregon’s coordinated care organizations (CCOs) after officials threatened to cut them out of the primary-care system and seemingly ignore non-discrimination language in Senate Bill 1509.

People on Medicaid Struggle with Mental Health, Substance Abuse Problems

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Health Share of Oregon board members rely on their prior experiences to help bridge the gap between physical and mental health

November 8, 2012 – There’s a very high preponderance of people on the Oregon Health Plan who have a mental health or substance abuse problem, according to Mary Monnat, president and CEO of LifeWorks NW. In the Portland metropolitan area, such problems affect 70 percent of that population.

Healthcare Leaders Stress Need for Diversity Among CCOs

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Since racial and ethnic minorities represent a disproportionate share of the uninsured, there was a call for CCOs to become more inclusive

November 8, 2012 -- As the state’s coordinated care organizations ramp up, healthcare experts agree that a major advance CCOs can bring to the table is the ability to custom-design healthcare priorities based on the needs of a specific community.

But that won’t necessarily be easy, experts speaking at a conference last week agreed.

Preparing for New Cost-Saving, Health-Enhancing Workers on the Care Team

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While waiting for specific training and certification requirements from OHA, providers are making plans to hire and train the non-traditional health care workers Oregon law is bringing into the system to improve care and lower costs

October 16, 2012 -- A community health worker accompanies a heart patient to the supermarket to show him how to buy heart-healthy foods. A peer wellness specialist helps a troubled young woman navigate the mental health system and develop a tailor-made toolbox for recovery. A personal health navigator connects an elderly immigrant to a primary care physician who speaks her language and is sensitive to her fear of the formal healthcare system.

Petition Delays Integration of Dental Services into CCOs

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Now state officials must wait until June 2013 before dental care can become part of the transformation process

October 11, 2012 -- Dental care is off the radar screen for the time being. State officials had been preparing to integrate dental services into the coordinated care organizations (CCOs) on January 1, and had finalized a memorandum of understanding to seek approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

CCOs Braced to Deal with Information-Sharing Hurdles

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The technical, cultural, and regulatory challenges to sharing patient records and standardizing clinical data across systems don’t appear to be undermining providers’ excitement about the opportunity that CCOs present for improving health

Sept. 24, 2014 -- Technology-based information sharing and data gathering will be key tools for Oregon’s newly minted coordinated care organizations (CCOs) as they work to improve the health of the state’s vulnerable population while reducing costs.

Anticipating the challenges of information sharing, representatives of the partners who make up Health Share Oregon—Portland area’s largest CCO—formed a technology committee that meets several times a month to discuss the road ahead.

Governor Kitzhaber Seeks to Expand Coordinated Care Organizations

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The CCOs, which got under way in August, now cover 500,000 people on Medicaid throughout the state

September 12, 2012 – With coordinated care organizations – better known as CCOs -- in full swing for the Medicaid population, Governor John Kitzhaber is setting his sights on the next targets – people on Medicare, the state’s public employees and the private business sector.

Tribal Health Advocates Worry About New CCO System

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Oregon Health Authority, native health experts say specialty access not out of reach to non-enrollees

July 25, 2012 -- Healthcare advocates are concerned that American Indians who choose not to participate in a coordinated care organization (CCO) will have difficulty getting access to specialty care. On August 1, CCOs begin integrating physical, dental and mental healthcare for about 650,000 people who qualify for Medicaid.


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