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Health Share of Oregon will reinvest $13.7 million in health reform efforts

Health Share of Oregon will reinvest $13.7 million in health reform efforts

Health Share of Oregon, the state’s largest coordinated care organization (CCO), has successfully met the requisite Oregon Health Authority’s 2014 Performance Metrics and will receive an incentive award of $13,720,133, the maximum amount available. The CCO will reinvest the award earnings in provider and infrastructure support to further health care reforms.

"Health Share’s partners have worked collaboratively across the network to improve care," said Andrew McCulloch, president of Kaiser Permanente Northwest and founding member of the Health Share board. "Together, we have made significant progress in critical health metrics, including increasing colorectal cancer and child development screening rates, reducing ED utilization and significantly increasing the number of members seen in a Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH)."

Health Share is a partnership of Adventist Health, CareOregon, Central City Concern, Clackamas County, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Multnomah County, Oregon Health & Science University, Providence Health & Services, Tuality Healthcare and Washington County.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is measuring performance and quality to determine how successful CCOs have been at improving care, making quality care accessible, eliminating health disparities and curbing the rising cost of health care for the populations they serve. Incentive funds from a quality pool have been awarded to CCOs based on their performance on 17 measures.

Among Health Share’s achievements has been to develop and implement a provider performance dashboard to provide timely information about the measures to providers, so they can monitor their progress. Through this effort, Health Share is emerging as the statewide leader in the collection of clinical measures across a large network.

"We have worked to foster a community of sharing and learning across systems through identification and promotion of best practices, process enhancements and clinical expertise," noted Janet Meyer, chief executive officer of Health Share. "From health plans and hospitals to individual providers, health clinics and social service agencies, we have embraced the concept of community-wide collaboration. Transformation will come from the collective impact of changes that occur across the system from those committed to making it better."

In addition to continued investment in infrastructure to support quality improvement activities, Health Share will reinvest the incentive funds in payments to providers based on performance; the development of provider capacity to calculate and report specific clinical quality measures; and strategic provider-driven initiatives to improve performance on key metrics.


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  • April 10—Health care study explores the impact of housing on health care use, costs and outcomes (press release). Full story.
  • March 31—How Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations spend their money (Portland Business Journal). Full story.
  • March 31—Community Advisory Council announces focus areas for Health Share of Oregon’s 2014-2015 Community Health Improvement Plan (The Lund Report). Full story.
  • February 11—Multnomah County to get specialized mental health treatment team for criminal offenders (The Oregonian). Full story.
  • February 4—Checking up on Oregon’s CCOs (Oregon Public Broadcasting). Full story.
  • February 4—Oregon’s Medicaid experiment keeps patients out of ER (Portland Business Journal). Full story.
  • January 1—Oregon CCOs get flood of new enrollees: can they handle it? (Portland Business Journal). Full story.
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