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Yamhill CCO has a new name, renewed focus on community

Yamhill CCO has a new name, renewed focus on community

Yamhill County Care Organization has officially changed its name to Yamhill Community Care Organization.
The change is small, but significant, says Yamhill CCO Executive Director Jim Carlough. “While we are the Coordinated Care Organization for Medicaid members living in Yamhill County, we aren’t an agency of Yamhill County. We’re a private, nonprofit organization that partners with many public and private community organizations and providers, and that was confusing for a lot of people.”
And there are a lot more people. Yamhill CCO has had steady growth since its founding in November 2012. Since the start of 2014, it has added nearly 6,000 new members. Membership now totals approximately 27,000 members.

“We’re very pleased with the way the primary care providers in Yamhill County have stepped forward to provide care for our newly insured neighbors,” Carlough says. “It could have been problematic to add that many people to the rolls. Often people who haven’t had health care coverage have a number of issues that need to be addressed. Our experience this spring, however, is that we’re had a minimum of access issues.”

Acknowledging that “health” is not confined to the health care clinic or hospital, Yamhill CCO’s focus on community touches on a number of other areas as well.

Yamhill CCO has been working with the Yamhill Early Childhood Coordinating Council to help set up an Early Learning Hub. The hub is one of six approved statewide to help daycare providers, pediatricians, schools, social services and public health centers coordinate efforts to help ensure that children enter public school ready to learn.
In July, Yamhill CCO began integration of dental care for members, to go along with existing physical health and mental health services. Later, it will be moving into new offices in McMinnville.
Jim Rickards, MD, also has changed roles. He has resigned as a member of the Yamhill CCO board to take a part-time staff position as Health Strategy Officer. (See related story.)

Additional news items and press releases about Yamhill CCO are posted on the website:

News & Media

  • June 27—Oregon Health Plan shows improvements (Oregon News Service). Full story.
  • June 27—Yamhill CCO rates high on quality measures: Community effort in health care merits financial, quality rewards (press release). Full story.
  • April 10—County creates Early Learning Hub (Yamhill Valley News-Register). Full story.
  • April 3—County adding health care services (Yamhill Valley News-Register. Full story.
  • February 25—OHA awards grants for behavioral health, Yamhill CCO recipients (press release). Full story.