February 17, 2012—The vote of Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose), a crucial swing vote when the Senate decided to allow the Oregon Health Authority to move ahead with creating coordinated care organizations (CCOs) and overhauling the Oregon Health Plan’s delivery system, changed at the last moment because memos from the Department of Justice and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) revealed serious constitutional concerns about the proposed medical liability language for Senate Bill 1580.
Senate Bill 1580
February 15, 2012 -- The Coalition for a Healthy Oregon praised the State Senate Tuesday for passing Senate Bill 1580, the health care transformation bill that will help strengthen the patient-provider relationship through better coordination of care.
“This is a monumental step in the right direction,” said Jeff Heatherington, President and CEO of FamilyCare, Inc. and COHO’s legislative director. “COHO strongly supports transparency and enhancing patient-provider relationships, which is the key to making health care transformation work.”
February 9, 2012—After hours of discussions and countless meetings between closed doors, legislators appear to have finished negotiating what might be the final version of Senate Bill 1580, which, if approved, would allow the Oregon Health Authority to begin soliciting proposals for coordinated care organizations (CCOs).
That bill passed out of the budget writing Ways and Means Human Services Subcommittee unanimously late yesterday evening, after legislators scrambled to finish negotiations while lobbyists laughed, joked, and kicked back in the hallways and a hearing room.