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Oregon Dental Care Organizations Report Financials as State Shifts Away from DCOs

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Companies behind DCOs will survive through contracts with CCOs, in a change that may make dental health spending less transparent. Among the three DCOs reporting to the Oregon Health Authority, only Capitol Dental Care, Inc., earned a profit.

Oregon’s three remaining dental care organizations, or DCOs, lived short simple lives, and won’t be around much longer.

Dental Plans Closer to Reaching Agreement

These dental plans have until Nov. 1 to reach agreement with the coordinated care organizations in their respective areas if they want to begin providing services early next year.

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.

Dental Organizations Interested in Reform Take Their Case to the Legislature

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.

Dental Care Organizations Want to Get a Jump Start on Transformation

But Mike Shirtcliff, who thinks it’s important for dental organizations to get involved early, reports problems regarding being involved with a CCO’s formation

April 25, 2012—Although dental care organizations aren’t required to become a part of the transformation process until 2014, two groups are getting a jump start.

Mike Shirtcliff, the CEO and president of Advantage Dental, doesn’t see any reason to wait. His company, based in Redmond, provides dental care to about 187,000 people on the Oregon Health Plan, and was listed in six letters of intent sent to the Oregon Health Authority from coordinated care organizations interested in integrating mental, physical and dental healthcare for people on the Oregon Health Plan.

Dental Care Organizations Express Concern About Transformation

Because dental organizations aren't required to participate in the coordinated care model until 2014, some feel left out of the discussions

February 1, 2012—Dental care organizations are growing increasingly vocal about the future relationship they’ll have with the coordinated care organizations (CCOs) that are expected to provide healthcare to Oregon Health Plan members in July.  

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