Petition Delays Integration of Dental Services into CCOs

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.


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