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Fall 2013 Edition

Member story: Life as a mystery; art as a journey
Someone once said that you don’t know where you’re going in life’s journey, so you might as well enjoy the ride. Bahman “Sattva” Farhan, a CareOregon Advantage member, certainly...

CCO updates: One year along, CCOs are up, running and accelerating
Starting in September, Coordinated Care Organizations across Oregon began celebrating one-year anniversaries. A lot has been accomplished in the first year, says Erin Fair...

Oregon’s Health CO-OP: Provider panel approaches 10,000
Oregon's Health CO-OP provider network is ready for newly insured Oregonians as the health insurance marketplace begins signing up members for January 1 coverage. Oregon’s Health...

A year of change: CareOregon 2012 annual report now available
Every health care provider knows the waves of change have been near tsunamis over the past couple of years. Change, too, has been a defining element of CareOregon and is the...

Quality in the Gorge: Lean Healthcare West's leadership retreat
Health care is a hotbed of innovation, especially in Oregon. “Innovation and Opportunity” is the theme of the Ninth Annual Lean Leadership Retreat hosted Oct. 21-23 by Lean...

CCO updates: One year along, CCOs are up, running and accelerating
Starting in September, Coordinated Care Organizations across Oregon began celebrating one-year anniversaries. A lot has been accomplished in the first year, says Erin Fair...

Health Share of Oregon: Multiple avenues to transform health care
Finding medical homes for ER patients Care coordination at Health Share of Oregon is making a difference in helping emergency room “frequent flyers” get care at clinics and...

Health Commons Grant: Health Commons Grant update
Prepared on behalf of Janet Meyer, David Labby, MD, and the Health Commons Grant Operations Leadership Team. September marks the one-year anniversaries of both Health Share of...

Columbia Pacific CCO: Clinical Advisory Panel targets opiate dependency
Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization’s Clinical Advisory Panel, comprised of a broad array of health professionals, has identified priorities for clinical care...

Jackson Care Connect : Health care improvement projects funded
“The first year of health care improvement projects has been establishing a base of knowledge and partnership with our providers and board,” says Jennifer Lind, Jackson Care...

Yamhill County Care Organization: Grants improve care delivery to OHP members
One of the goals of Yamhill County Care Organization is to transform health care delivery to Medicaid members to help ensure that services are coordinated to better meet their...

Medicaid: Oregon Health Plan expands in January
Applications are being accepted now On Jan. 1, 2014, the eligibility requirements to enroll in the Oregon Health Plan (OHP)will change. These changes expand the number of...

From Salem and Washington, D.C.: New help for members who lose Medicaid coverage
By Rose Englert, senior manager of regulatory affairs Oregon Health Plan members whose income skirts the limit of Medicaid face the challenge of going on and off the plan as their...

CareOregon to host IHI Forum satellite broadcast
CareOregon is hosting the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) 25th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care satellite broadcast, Tuesday, December 17, in...

Oregon Health Plan formulary changes
Recent and upcoming changes to the Oregon Health Plan Formulary include these: Doxycycline hyclate was removed from the formulary. It has been replaced with Doxycyline...

Clinical Practice Guidelines and updates are available online
CareOregon supports its members and the members of affiliated Coordinated Care Organizations in self-management of their conditions by making clinical practice guidelines...

Accountable Care Organizations: Wyden: U.S. should follow Oregon’s lead for coordinated care
This summer, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., spoke at a national Accountable Care Organization summit in Washington, DC, highlighting some of the gains and challenges of ACOs, especially...

OPCA: Nine legislators named health center heroes
Nine Oregon legislators have been honored by the Oregon Primary Care Association for their support of community health centers. The organization will present the 2013 Health...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Early detection is your best protection Screening tests are the best way to increase your chances of surviving breast cancer. Regularly being screened for breast cancer is...

Oregon Public Health Institute: Three to be honored with Public Health Genius Awards
CareOregon’s founding executive director, Mary Lou Hennrich, is one of three to be recognized at the 2013 Billi Odegaard Public Health Genius Awards presentation, Friday, October...

Spring 2013 Edition

Pediatrician brings philosophical approach to Grants Pass children
Grants Pass—“The essence of a human being is not in the material form,” says Kevin Molteni, MD. “It’s also in the divine light within, the universal light that interpenetrates all...

Quality in the Gorge: Lean Healthcare West's leadership retreat
Health care is a hotbed of innovation, especially in Oregon. “Innovation and Opportunity” is the theme of the Ninth Annual Lean Leadership Retreat hosted Oct. 21-23 by Lean...

Back to the basics of care: Releasing Time to Care program continues to expand
People who have gone into nursing as a profession usually have done so because they want to be caregivers. And too often, a great deal of their time is spent on chores that get in...

CCO Update: The year ahead for CCO transitioning
It’s been seven months since the first Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) launched in Oregon. It has been a busy time of change, and will continue to be. Erin Fair Taylor,...

CO-OP Update: Outreach: a two-way learning experience
When the Cover Oregon online health insurance marketplace opens for business in October, the health care environment will change for consumers and providers alike. This state...

CareOregon to host IHI Forum satellite broadcast
CareOregon is hosting the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) 25th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care satellite broadcast, Tuesday, December 17, in...

CareOregon acquires Lean Healthcare West
CareOregon has purchased Lean Healthcare West, a nationally known provider of workplace improvement and quality improvement for health care. The educational and consulting...

CO-OP: Overcoming the confusion
Part of the task of creating a new health plan from scratch is far reaching and monumental: first up is educating the public about what the Affordable Care Act really does. The...

CareOregon board names Pat Curran CEO
CareOregon’s board of directors didn’t look far before finding a replacement for retiring chief executive officer Dave Ford. Having named Patrick Curran as interim CEO in...

Lynn Lundquist: a loss for Oregon and CareOregon
Lynn Lundquist, CareOregon board member and former Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, died April 9 at his ranch in Powell Butte. “It is a tragic loss for CareOregon,...

Provider tools for osteoporosis risk
April 4, 2013—For a year after a hip fracture, about 30 percent of older adults will not be able to live independently. That’s a life-changing event, especially considering that...

Astoria rejects school-based health center
The Astoria School Board has rejected a proposal to locate a school-based health center in the school district. The decision came on May 8 after three community meetings on the...

Asante plans $10 million in improvements at Ashland Community Hospital
ASHLAND, February 15, 2013—Ashland Community Hospital will receive $10 million in upgrades, if the hospital be acquired by Asante Health Systems. Asante also operates Rogue...

Improving Heart Health: Resolve to go Red! Make a SMART goal to improve your heart health.
It may be hard to believe, but the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute studies indicate 80 percent of women ages 40 to 60 have one or more risk factor for heart disease. The...

CareOregon dental director recognized for health care leadership
Mike Plunkett, DDS, MPH, dental director for CareOregon, is among the recipients of the Leadership in Transformation Awards presented recently by the Oregon Primary Care...

How should we keep in touch?
As CareOregon's members transition to Coordinated Care Organizations, we're exploring different ways to facilitate the communication between providers and the CCOs. Will you help...

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