A four-year extension of the hospital assessment tax, which is used to fund the bulk of the state Medicaid program, appears headed for swift passage this session, without any of the partisan theatrics that have dogged previous extensions of the tax.
Oregon Health Leadership Council
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The Oregon Health Leadership Council is floating a proposal that would expand the scope of the hospital transformation tax fund to financially reward coordinated care organizations that have shown success at reforming the delivery system while producing showing good health outcomes. .
The tentative framework for Oregon’s next budget, released Wednesday, hits a new high of $7.24 billion for primary education -- a budget made possible by projected healthcare savings for public employees, with their health plans shifting toward a coordinated care model.
Greg Van Pelt, who retired last April as CEO of Providence Health & Services Oregon region, can’t seem to put down the mantle, and is convinced healthcare is in his blood.
“I’m interested in being a good steward of our healthcare system,” he told The Lund Report.
December 5, 2012 -- Oregon healthcare leaders support the sustainable 2013-15 budget package for the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) as proposed by Governor Kitzhaber.
The key element in the budget package is achieving efficiencies in the health care delivery system totaling around $470 million in the next biennium and $11 billion over 10 years. Revenue for the package comes from extension of the hospital provider tax, as well as from the existing tobacco tax, Master Tobacco Settlement and General Fund. The hospital provider tax expires next September.
January 19, 2012—Oregon’s preparing to launch a major healthcare transformation that will lead to the creation of coordinated care organizations (CCOs) and integrate physical, mental and dental care for more than 600,000 people on the Oregon Health Plan.
But an important question hangs in the balance. What will happen to the millions of dollars in reserve funds now held by the managed care plans that currently provide such services?