It’s been nearly 18 months since the first Coordinated Care Organizations got under way in Oregon. And like the rest of the healthcare industry, it’s been a time of transition, transformation and challenges.
The Eastern Oregon CCO in northeastern Oregon has had particular success reaching providers, helping them become recognized as Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes.
October 3, 2013 -- Behind closed doors, coordinated care organizations are negotiating with dentists to reach agreement on Oregon’s most vulnerable population – people on the Oregon Health Plan. Next January, thousands of low-income Oregonians start flocking onto Medicaid once income eligibility jumps up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
September 11, 2013 – Health Share of Oregon has added Kaiser Permanente to its roster of dental providers, CEO Janet Meyer told the coordinated care organization's community advisory council at its monthly meeting last week.
September 10, 2013 – Coordinated care is nothing new at Our House of Portland.
March 1, 2013 -- “Frequent flyers” – those patients who use the emergency room often – are a hot topic in healthcare policy talks both in Oregon and nationwide, as policymakers strive to bring down costs by identifying these patients and investing in preventive care to keep them out of the hospital.
February 26, 2013 -- The coordinated care organizations have been tasked with a daunting challenge – reducing the growth in Medicaid expenditures while also improving healthcare quality and access. Smoking ranks near the top of that list, absorbing $287 million a year in Medicaid costs, according to a recent report compiled by the Oregon Health Authority: Burden of Tobacco Among Medicaid Clients in Oregon.