Workforce Issues, CCO Progress Take Center Stage at Health Policy Board

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The board will begin writing administrative rules to reduce friction and confusion in student clinical placements

July 12, 2012 -- The Oregon Health Policy Board voted unanimously Tuesday to give the Oregon Health Authority the power to develop administrative rules for the student healthcare workforce, after a presentation by Lisa Angus and Terri Johanson who argued that nursing and medical students often face a major bureaucratic scramble when dealing with residencies or clinical placements during their education.

Lack of Additional Start-up Funding Not Expected to Impact CCO Applications

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Many providers say they’re not surprised

June 29, 2012—A recent announcement from the Oregon Health Authority that there would not be additional funding to help the newly forming coordinated care organizations with their initial start up costs has caused at least one organization to put on the brakes. But many are not surprised, and say it won’t effect their intention to apply.

Funding Crunch Won't Affect CCOs in Josephine and Curry Counties

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AllCare, which anticipates getting under way on August 1 is contracting with Options for Southern Care to provide mental health services

June 28, 2012 -- County governments are expected to play a critical role in the delivery of healthcare services under Oregon’s healthcare reform.

However, two counties covered by AllCare Health Plan, Inc., a newly certified coordinated care organization -- Josephine and Curry— face unprecedented funding cuts that are seriously undermining their criminal justice systems.

One Out-of-State Organization Questions Becoming a Coordinated Care Organization

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It’s unclear if two others still intend to apply, but they face different challenges different from local organizations

June 7, 2012—Many were shocked when two large, publicly traded companies sent letters of intent to the Oregon Health Authority expressing their intention to apply to become a coordinated care organization. Now it’s not clear if they, or a third out-of-state organization, will even apply.

Dental Organizations Interested in Reform Take Their Case to the Legislature

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Organization leaders continue to be concerned about the role they will play in coordinated care organizations, and whether they will be part of the decision-making process

May 24, 2012—Dental care organizations serving Oregon Health Plan patients are still publicly concerned about their attempts to become part of the newly forming coordinated care organizations – and made a presentation to the Senate’s health committee during a three-day
interim session on Monday.

FamilyCare Goes Head to Head with Tri-County Medicaid Collaborative

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They represent the only organizations that submitted applications to become a coordinated care organization in the Portland area

May 10, 2012 – The Portland metropolitan area is likely to see two coordinated care organizations vying for Oregon Health Plan members starting August 1.

Initially, the intent behind the creation of a tri-county collaborative was to include all the five health plans currently providing such care – CareOregon, FamilyCare, Kaiser Permanente, Providence Health Plan and Tuality Healthcare.

Cascade Comprehensive Care and Klamath County Commissioner Engage in Public Dispute

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Cascade Comprehensive Care insists it receive a letter of support from the board of commissioners supporting their application to be a coordinated care organization

May 9, 2012--What started as a steady stream of emails between Cascade Comprehensive Care and Klamath County Commissioner Cheryl Hukill relating to the managed care organization’s interest in becoming a coordinated care organization turned into a testy public spat in the pages of the Klamath

Consumer Advocates Create Watchdog Group to Monitor CCO Development

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By sharing information and resources, they hope to make a stronger impact on CCO development

April 27, 2012—Healthcare and social justice advocates are joining together to form an ad- hoc “CCO Watchdog” group to closely monitor the implementation of coordinated care organizations throughout the state and advocate on behalf of Oregon Health Plan members.

The Oregon Center for Public Policy and Oregon Action are spearheading the effort.

Department of Corrections’ TPA May Create CCO for Prisoners and Parolees

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The organization already has experience coordinating care in Colorado

April 25, 2012— Eyebrows almost instantaneously raised during the Oregon Health Policy Board’s meeting earlier this month when board members realized that an organization serving the Department of Corrections’ inmates had submitted a letter of intent to become a coordinated care organization (CCO).


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