CMS Approves Accountability Measures

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The coordinated care organizations will be graded on 17 metrics regarding access and quality of care, and be rewarded additional funds from a bonus pool

January 16, 2013 -- The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has given final approval to a waiver that includes a list of 17 accountability measures for Oregon’s new coordinated care organizations, which are providing care to the state’s Medicaid population through the Oregon Health Plan.

CMS ordered a last-minute adjustment that requires the CCOs to monitor the follow-up care for children who receive drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Communication to Oregon Health Plan Patients Increases As Reform Nears

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The Oregon Health Authority is emphasizing that patient’s services and care will not change

June 7, 2012—Communication to Oregon Health Plan patients about what the monumental changes to the Oregon Health Plan’s delivery system means to them is beginning in earnest as the August 1 start date for 11 organizations likely to become coordinated care organizations throughout Oregon nears.

Oregon House Passes OHP Transformation

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A nearly unanimous vote moves one of the legislature’s most important bills to the Senate

June 27, 2011 – The Oregon House of Representatives passed sweeping reforms to the Oregon Health Plan today by a vote of 59-to-1.

Hospital Association Raises Objections to New Provider Tax

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The hospitals are also upset over Senate Bill 204, which passed the House yesterday and gives the Oregon Health Authority the ability to lower outpatient rates based on Medicare payment methodologies

June 3, 2011 -- Legislators have reached a decision on increasing the hospital tax to ward off deep cuts to the Oregon Health Plan, but the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems insists the new tax will negatively impact them. Their leaders even protested to Governor Kitzhaber, but were rebuffed.

Hospitals Warn Against Massive OHP Changes

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The hospital association agrees to increase provider tax as lawmakers move forward with transformation

May 17, 2011 – The Oregon hospital association confirmed it’s prepared to finalize an agreement with lawmakers to increase the hospital provider tax as a way to dampen the massive cuts to the Oregon Health Plan slated over the next two years.

Agreement Nears on OHP Transformation

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Legislators could vote next week on moving the bill out of committee

May 12, 2011 – Oregon lawmakers are close to reaching agreement on the largest overhaul of the Oregon Health Plan since its inception in 1993.

Legislators Face Timeline Crunch for OHP Transformation

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Within the next five weeks a newly appointed committee needs to come up with legislation creating coordinated care organizations

April 7, 2011 -- Gov. John Kitzhaber told a group of lawmakers yesterday charged with making the most sweeping changes to the Oregon Health Plan since its inception that they can make a profound impact not only on the Oregon healthcare delivery system but at the national level as well.

Public Option Could Mean Buy-In to OHP

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Sen. Alan Bates plans to introduce an amendment to health exchange legislation
April 7, 2011 -- A public health plan option might still be alive in Oregon after its chances appeared to have died during this year’s legislative session.


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