oregon health policy board

Policy Board Moves Ahead at Setting Sustainable Growth Rate

A task force will take a measure of overall healthcare spending and the costs for each provider. The state will then use that information to set a benchmark for medical inflation, both in the public and private sectors.

The Oregon Health Policy Board made a baby-step Tuesday in its efforts to tackle rising healthcare costs -- approving a committee to set the groundwork for a legally allowable, sustainable rate of medical inflation for healthcare providers.

When the board finishes it work, it could recommend penalties and rewards to keep providers under a reasonable inflation rate, likely one similar to the rate imposed on the the coordinated care organizations -- 3.4 percent.

Policy Board Devises Tools to Control Health Costs

The impact on the Insurance Division’s rate review process will initially be limited to information, but a task force could craft new legislation for 2015 that would force insurance companies and healthcare providers to adhere to a sustainable rate of medical inflation.

New tools put forward Tuesday by the Oregon Health Policy Board could add information to the insurance rate review process and put to task insurance carriers and healthcare providers alike to ensure health costs don’t spiral out of control any further than they already have.

Goldberg Tries to Shift Cost Containment Talk Away from Insurance Division

To hold down costs, the state health director emphasized getting more health plans to follow the care model principles employed by CCOs rather than focusing attention on the ability of the Insurance Division to hold insurance companies accountable for cost controls during premium rate hike approvals.

Sept. 11, 2013 — Gov. John Kitzhaber tasked the Oregon Health Policy Board with four areas to hold down healthcare costs, including greater oversight of rate requests by insurance companies. But the state health director, Dr. Bruce Goldberg, downplayed rate review as a way of bringing down costs at Tuesday’s meeting of the policy board.

Oregon Health Policy Board Begins Process for Rate Review, Other Reforms

Regulatory and legislative recommendations will be finalized by the end of the year.

July 3, 2013—The Oregon Health Policy Board is beginning a six-month process to develop recommendations to reform various parts of Oregon’s healthcare system to follow federal requirements in the Affordable Care Act, expand the coordinated model of care being pioneered by Oregon Health Plan providers, and bolster Oregon’s insurance rate review process.

Providers, Educators, Social Workers Investigate Early Childhood Development Screening Tools

A joint subcommittee of the Oregon Health Policy Board and the Early Learning Council also intends to create childcare “hubs” that would mirror CCOs


February 7, 2013 – Health and education go hand in hand. Children whose healthcare needs are being met usually do better in school than those who don't have enough to eat, don't have access to safe housing and those whose families struggle to meet their basic health needs.

Medicaid Expansion Offers Richer Benefits to 200,000 Oregonians

The public has 30 days to comment before the Oregon Heath Policy Board makes a decision


December 13, 2012 -- The 200,000 Oregonians expected to qualify for Medicaid coverage in 2014 will receive more robust benefits if the Oregon Health Policy Board approves a recommendation from the Medicaid Advisory Committee.

Now many low-income adults lack the dental, rehabilitative and optical care required by the Affordable Care Act, which expands Medicaid coverage to 133% of the poverty line. Those newcomers would receive care in the Oregon Health Plan Plus that’s already offered to children, pregnant women and people with certain disabilities.

Workforce Issues, CCO Progress Take Center Stage at Health Policy Board

The board will begin writing administrative rules to reduce friction and confusion in student clinical placements

July 12, 2012 -- The Oregon Health Policy Board voted unanimously Tuesday to give the Oregon Health Authority the power to develop administrative rules for the student healthcare workforce, after a presentation by Lisa Angus and Terri Johanson who argued that nursing and medical students often face a major bureaucratic scramble when dealing with residencies or clinical placements during their education.


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