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Tribal Health Advocates Worry About New CCO System

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Oregon Health Authority, native health experts say specialty access not out of reach to non-enrollees

July 25, 2012 -- Healthcare advocates are concerned that American Indians who choose not to participate in a coordinated care organization (CCO) will have difficulty getting access to specialty care. On August 1, CCOs begin integrating physical, dental and mental healthcare for about 650,000 people who qualify for Medicaid.

Oregon Health Authority Seeks Transformation Consultants

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At a time when budgets are tight, transformation consultants will be hired by the OHQA

July 5, 2012 – The Oregon Health Authority, the governmental agency that oversees the implementation of coordinated care organizations, is seeking proposals for transformation consultants.

These consultants are expected to facilitate the exchange of information between these CCOs and the authority and will each be paid up to $100,000 a year for such services and travel costs. The authority intends to award multiple contracts from August 1 through next July.

Oregon Health Authority on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

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Statement from Bruce Goldberg, M.D., Oregon Health Authority director

June 28, 2012 -- “The Supreme Court ruling today upholding the Affordable Care Act is very good news for the 600,000 Oregonians who do not have health care coverage.

“Because of the cost, health care had become out of reach for too many people. It has been particularly difficult for low-income Oregonians to get health care coverage. We have a limited number of openings for adults on the Oregon Health Plan and we draw names to fill them. It’s like a health care lottery.

Obesity Epidemic Worsening in Oregon

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New data: Physical inactivity, poor nutrition cause increase in obesity

May 15, 2012 -- Obesity rates in Oregon have jumped 121 percent among adults since 1990, driven by a lack of physical activity and poor nutrition, a new Oregon Health Authority report has found.

More than 1.76 million people, or 60 percent of the adult population, were overweight or obese in 2009, according to Oregon Overweight, Obesity, Physical Activity and Nutrition Facts, developed by OHA’s Public Health Division. View the report here.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Obama Administration Announce Agreement to Improve Care for Oregonians on Medicaid

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Care coordination will improve health, achieve $11 billion in savings. Innovations mirror national reforms made possible by Affordable Care Act

May 3, 2012 --Governor Kitzhaber and the Obama Administration today announced an agreement in principle to coordinate care for Medicaid beneficiaries in Oregon, through a new model of care that will reduce the cost trend in Oregon’s Medicaid program by at least two percentage points within two years while improving health outcomes.

Counties Hurt by Reduced HIV Prevention Funding

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Throughout the state, counties could lose 30 percent of their budgets as a result of funding cut by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

May 1, 2012 – When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it was changing the funding algorithm for HIV prevention last year, health officials knew they’d see a reduction in
funds because Oregon is considered a low-prevalence state.

What was uncertain, however, was how the Oregon Health Authority would distribute those funds to county health departments.

Consumer Advocates Create Watchdog Group to Monitor CCO Development

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By sharing information and resources, they hope to make a stronger impact on CCO development

April 27, 2012—Healthcare and social justice advocates are joining together to form an ad- hoc “CCO Watchdog” group to closely monitor the implementation of coordinated care organizations throughout the state and advocate on behalf of Oregon Health Plan members.

The Oregon Center for Public Policy and Oregon Action are spearheading the effort.

Oregon Selected For a National Pilot Project to Improve the Use of Psychotropic Medications Among Children in Foster Care

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Multi-year quality improvement initiative awarded based on state’s progress

April 13, 2012 -- Oregon continues efforts to ensure the most appropriate use of psychotropic medications in the child welfare system. Based on this progress, the Department of Human Services (DHS) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced today that Oregon has been chosen as one of five states that will be part of a national pilot project focused on improving use of medication among children and adolescents in foster care with mental and behavioral health needs.

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