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That’s more than a feel-good sentiment. It’s something we’ve seen in action through hundreds of thousands of people for 25 years. From helping mothers bring healthy babies into the world, to providing end-of-life comfort through palliative care. From coordinating medical, dental and behavioral health, to helping families with housing and food security.
It’s the connection that our hospice nurses make with patients and families they support through end of life care. It’s the contagious enthusiasm that 4th graders bring to hula hoop contests in our Clatsop Kids Go program on the coast. It’s helping a case manager access housing for a tribal member with complex needs. It’s meeting people where they are to give them the care they need to live a healthy and happy life.
Like any health care organization, our work is grounded in data. At CareOregon, it’s also rooted in the lives of those we serve and the communities that we work to empower. Every day, we strive to build stronger communities by making health care work for everyone. I’m proud that our work in 2018 brought us closer to this vision for a strong, connected Oregon.
President & Chief Executive Officer CareOregon
Over the past two decades, our growth has kept pace with
the size of our community commitment, and the steadfast
goal of making health care work for everyone.
As the state’s largest provider of Medicaid services, we’ve expanded to meet changing needs. In 2006, we added Medicare — CareOregon Advantage — to our portfolio, increasing options for seniors, specifically those who might be eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. In 2012, we took a larger role in supporting whole person health by helping establish five of Oregon’s 15 Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs). That same year, we added CareOregon Dental, expanding our commitment to integrated health care services. In 2017, we added Housecall Providers; we also collaborated with the state’s Nine Federally Recognized Tribes and the Oregon Health Authority to form our Tribal Care Coordination program. Throughout, we supported our service areas by partnering with community-based organizations, furthering our commitment to improved population health. In 2018, our work evolved to include behavioral health capacity in-house.
At CareOregon, we are committed to improving and protecting the health of all Oregonians, focusing beyond health care to total health and well-being. We’re proud to work in partnership with our members, their providers and communities.
CareOregon’s membership increased by 80,000 members in early 2018, immediately after the closure of the Portland area’s other Coordinated Care Organization. This change, which occurred with little advance notice, brought tremendous uncertainty to members, providers and CareOregon. The transition was executed carefully and successfully, and our financial position is stronger as a result. We continue to provide financial stability in an ever-changing and volatile health care landscape. CareOregon remains deeply committed to improving the cost effectiveness and quality of care for our members, making our communities healthier in 2018 and beyond.
Over the past two years, CareOregon has invested nearly $15 million in Oregon communities through grants, sponsorships, improvements in provider capacity and social services. Through investments in programming such as preventive care, access to safe and stable housing, interventions to address traumatic childhood events, and more, we are helping to improve health outcomes for our members and create healthy communities for all Oregonians. And by empowering people to get healthy and stay healthy, our Community Investments are reducing health care costs now and in the years to come.