Coalition for a Healthy Oregon

Healthcare Groups Put $1.6 Million on Board for Campaigns Since Fall

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The spending by doctors groups, nurses, hospitals, dentists and insurers helps underwrite legislators’ campaigns, as political action committees seek to influence legislation and the state budget in Oregon. Groups that gave less have had considerably less clout in Salem.

Oregon’s leading healthcare organizations spent liberally during the election season and its aftermath, with just 12 groups topping $1.6 million in spending since Sept. 1.

What Really Happened Between Kotek and FamilyCare about OHSU Bond Measure

Oregon Health & Science University secured $200 million from the state it said it needed to move ahead with the Phil Knight Challenge for cancer research, but House Speaker Tina Kotek got chewed up in a failed attempt to resolve a dispute over whether the tertiary hospital would agree to accept all Medicaid patients, even those from FamilyCare, with which OHSU is locked in legal battle.

Oregon Health & Science University is going home this session with its biggest coup in a decade -- the Oregon Legislature has decided to stretch its borrowing limit to provide the $200 million demand that will help t

COHO Members with Community Partners Committed to Making CCO Transformation a Success

First CCOs to be State Certified Include COHO Members and Community Partners

July 2, 2012 -- Five of the eight Community Care Organizations (CCOs) to receive certification by the State of Oregon on Wednesday included members of the Coalition for a Healthy Oregon (COHO). The Oregon Health Authority’s initial list of certified CCOs identified those who can begin enrolling patients on August 1. OHA is expected to release three more ‘waves’ later this year. The first wave included the following CCOs
affiliated with COHO members:

COHO Praises Oregon Senate for Passing Health Transformation

February 15, 2012 -- The Coalition for a Healthy Oregon praised the State Senate Tuesday for passing Senate Bill 1580, the health care transformation bill that will help strengthen the patient-provider relationship through better coordination of care.

“This is a monumental step in the right direction,” said Jeff Heatherington, President and CEO of FamilyCare, Inc. and COHO’s legislative director. “COHO strongly supports transparency and enhancing patient-provider relationships, which is the key to making health care transformation work.”

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