Press Release Archives

  • October 14, 2014

    Improving member health through community grants

    Martin Taylor, CareOregon's Director of Public Policy & Community Relations, appeared on KATU's AM Northwest to describe how CareOregon is creating community well-being through grants to other nonprofits. By supporting affinity organizations that help our members live better lives, we help improve members' overall health.

  • April 19, 2013

    Dental director to be honored

    Mike Plunkett, dental director for CareOregon Dental as well as Neighborhood Health Center, is being honored by the Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA).

    Each year OPCA honors the men, women and organizations of the Community Health Center (CHC) community who do outstanding work providing quality health and health care services for Oregon’s most vulnerable citizens. The 2013 OPCA Awards of Excellence will be presented at OPCA’s Annual Meeting on Friday, April 26.

    OPCA received nominations in the following areas:

    • Health Equities: Leading the cause to improve health equities of Oregonians.
    • Sustainability: Assure that a vital, high quality and cost-efficient network of Community Health Centers is strengthened and sustained in Oregon.
    • Innovation: Establish CHCs as centers of excellence through innovative clinical, operational and administrative practices.
    • Growth: Ensure Oregon’s Community Health Centers are able to meet growing demand for their services.
    • Professional Engagement: Demonstrating outstanding strategies towards health care recruitment and retention activities in Oregon.
    • CHC Value: Extraordinary efforts in demonstrating CHC value through data and research.
    • Leadership in Transformation: Leading the effort to transform the broader health and healthcare system to the benefit of vulnerable populations.

    Mike was selected to receive the Leadership in Transformation award for his significant involvement in OPCA’s dental efforts to increase the visibility of Community Health Centers in Oregon and the great need for expanded dental access. Always willing to help, supportive of his colleagues, and nicely bridging the divide between administrative, clinical care, and policy work, Mike is a great champion for CHC dentistry. We’re proud to have him at CareOregon.

     

  • November 28, 2012

    CareOregon Contributes to ACHP Report on Prescription Painkiller Use

    CareOregon, among other health plans, recently provided input for the ACHP report, Ensuring Safe and Appropriate Prescription Painkiller Use: The Important Role of Community Health Plans.
    This ACHP brief demonstrates how health plan initiatives break down care silos to improve care through direct engagement with patients and care coordination between providers.

    To read the complete brief, click here.
  • July 13, 2012

    State grants Jackson County Coordinated Care Organization provisional approval

    On June 28, 2012, the Oregon Health Authority provisionally approved the second-round applications for Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO) certification, including the application for Jackson County Coordinated Care Organization. Beginning September 1, Jackson County CCO will serve Medicaid/Oregon Health Plan (OHP) recipients in Jackson County.

    Read the Jackson CCO press release

     

  • July 13, 2012

    Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization Approved by State

    On June 28, 2012, the Oregon Health Authority provisionally approved Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization’s application to serve as a Coordinated Care Organization Columbia Pacific CCO will serve Medicaid/Oregon Health Plan (OHP) recipients in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook counties and parts of Coos and Douglas counties.

    Read the official press release from Columbia Pacific CCO.

     

  • June 15, 2012

    Health Systems, Agencies, Team Up to Win $17 Million Federal Grant

    Major health care providers and local government agencies in the tri-county area have worked together to secure a $17.3 million Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Health Care Innovation Awards grant.

    Read the official press release here.

  • May 04, 2012

    Tri-County Medicaid Collaborative Lauds Federal Investment in OHP

    Members of the Tri-County Medicaid Collaborative today praised a federal plan to invest $1.9 billion into better care for people on the Oregon Health Plan. On May 2, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave preliminary approval to investing into coordinated care organizations over the next five years.

    Read the official press release here.

  • April 10, 2012

    Tri-County Medicaid Collaborative Public Meeting

    The Tri-County Medicaid Collaborative invites you to an informational meeting on health reform on Monday, April 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ambridge Event Center. The event is free and open to all members of the public.

    The collaborative is a unique, community-wide partnership to form a coordinated care organization to provide cost-effective, quality care for the people on the Oregon Health Plan/Medicaid. We will update you on our efforts to form a CCO serving the Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah County region.

    RSVPs are appreciated. If you are unable to attend, additional educational public meetings are being scheduled.

    Tri-County Medicaid Collaborative Public Meeting
    Monday, April 16, 2012
    7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Ambridge Event Center
    1333 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR
    RSVP: tricountymcollaborative@gmail.com

    Sponsored by the Tri-County Medicaid Collaborative: Adventist Health, CareOregon, Clackamas County, Family Care Health Plans, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Metro Area Community Health Centers, Multnomah County, Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon Medical Association, Oregon Nurses Association, Providence Health & Services, Tuality Healthcare, and Washington County.

  • March 21, 2012

    Coordinated Care Organization Possible in Tri-Counties

    The Lund Report reported on the possibility of a Tri-County-based Coordinated Care Organization that included CareOregon.
  • February 28, 2012

    CareOregon health plans achieve NCQA accreditation

    The National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded Commendable accreditation to CareOregon Health Plan and CareOregon Advantage Plus Medicare Advantage plan.

    “We’re very pleased to earn NCQA Commendable accreditation,” said Margaret Rowland, MD, CareOregon Chief Medical Officer. “Accreditation is a validation of the work we have been doing at CareOregon to provide better care for Oregonians, regardless of their social circumstances.”

    Read the official press release here.
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