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Oregon Health Authority Preparing to Take Applications for CCOs

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March 6, 2012 – On March 2, Governor Kitzhaber signed SB 1580, which will launch Coordinated Care Organizations to better serve Oregon Health Plan members with a focus on improved health.

Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) will bring better health, better care and lower costs to the more than 600,000 Oregonians served by the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) with a focus on improved wellness, prevention, and integration of behavioral, physical and ultimately oral health care.

DOJ Memo Reveals Constitutional Concerns About Medical Liability Amendments

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It was enough to convince Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose), who proved to be the swing vote that led to the passage of healthcare transformation

February 17, 2012—The vote of Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose), a crucial swing vote when the Senate decided to allow the Oregon Health Authority to move ahead with creating coordinated care organizations (CCOs) and overhauling the Oregon Health Plan’s delivery system, changed at the last moment because memos from the Department of Justice and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) revealed serious constitutional concerns about the proposed medical liability language for Senate Bill 1580.

Transformation Bill Headed for First Major Test in Joint Ways and Means Committee

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The legislation is expected to face a feisty discussion by Senate Republicans who insist that tort reform be included

February 9, 2012—After hours of discussions and countless meetings between closed doors, legislators appear to have finished negotiating what might be the final version of Senate Bill 1580, which, if approved, would allow the Oregon Health Authority to begin soliciting proposals for coordinated care organizations (CCOs).

That bill passed out of the budget writing Ways and Means Human Services Subcommittee unanimously late yesterday evening, after legislators scrambled to finish negotiations while lobbyists laughed, joked, and kicked back in the hallways and a hearing room.

Fast Track Legislation Scrapped, Lacking Political Support

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It’s rumored that CMS would not have given Oregon additional money to fund coordinated care organizations had the fast track option succeeded

February 9, 2012— The managed care plans that are currently providing services to Oregon Health Plan members appear to have lost their bid to create what’s known as “fast track,” legislation, giving them the ability to turn into coordinated care organizations (CCOs) by July, without having to meet all the criteria, guidelines and the certification process developed by the Oregon Health Policy Board.

Douglas County Providers Form the State’s First Coordinated Care Organization

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A non-profit organization, the Community Health Alliance, has brought together physical, dental, mental health and addiction services

January 30, 2012—A group of nine healthcare providers in Douglas County are forming the state’s first coordinated care organization (CCO), calling it “the Community Health Alliance.”

The provider groups include Douglas County Independent Physician’s Association (DCIPA), Douglas County’s Health and Human Services Department, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI), Mercy Medical Center, Umpqua Community Health Center, Advantage Dental, and ADAPT, which provides substance abuse and addictions treatment and recovery services.

Federal Officials Likely to Approve Waivers to Transform Oregon’s Healthcare System

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Once the Legislature approves the business plan setting in motion coordinated care organizations, the state’s on its way to reduce costs and improve health

January 30, 2012 -- Discussions are under way with federal officials to provide Oregon with another $2.5 billion in Medicaid funds over the next five years to help transform its healthcare system and also approve the necessary waivers to implement the new plan.   

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