FamilyCare CEO Insists His Organization Isn't Going Anywhere

In the continued battle between the state and Oregon’s second-largest Medicaid provider over reimbursement, the Health Authority is soliciting a backup CCO that could undercut FamilyCare. Meanwhile, the 2016 rates for the CCOs show a pattern of higher payment for those with hospital monopolies.

In the latest salvo in its chess game with the Portland-area coordinated care organization FamilyCare, the Oregon Health Authority issued a memorandum on the eve of Thanksgiving to the other 15 CCOs asking for takers to displace FamilyCare in case of an emergency.

Washington County Seeks to Reduce Suicide Rate from 65 per Year to Zero

FamilyCare Advisory Council hears about mental health efforts

FamilyCare’s advisory council met for the first time outside of Multnomah County at the wellness center of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, where members heard that Oregon has the ninth highest suicide rate in the nation – and learned about efforts by Washington County to reduce those rat

CCOs Spend $2.06 Billion and Counting on Healthcare Costs

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In financial reports for January through September 2014, all Oregon coordinated care organizations report profits; FamilyCare realizes the highest profit.

Coordinated care organizations born out of the Affordable Care Act to provide healthcare to Medicaid recipients in Oregon spent $2.06 billion caring for the poor in the first nine months of 2014, according to the most recent available figures filed by the 14 CCOs that have filed standardized fina

FamilyCare Expects to Announce Grants by Year’s End

The coordinated care organization has set aside grant dollars to assist youth-focused organizations to engage in their health.

Before the year ends, FamilyCare intends to make grants to organizations serving young people between the ages of 19 and 25, as it “transitions from a benefits company to a health company,” said Bill Murray, chief operating officer, told its Community Advisory Council yesterday.

FamilyCare Moves to Pay Primary Care More Than Commercial Insurance for Medicaid

The move by the CCO’s president, Jeff Heatherington, runs counter to the prevailing practice for the Medicaid program nationally, which has been to pay primary care providers much less than commercial insurance simply because the government can.

The Portland-area coordinated care organization FamilyCare will be raising its primary care rates in August to match those of commercial insurance -- a remarkable decision given Medicaid’s historical practice of reimbursing physicians less than all health insurance types.

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


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