DHS Five-Minute Update on Oregon Health Plan Transformation

May 10, 2012


CCO momentum and next steps

As Governor Kitzhaber met with federal officials in Washington, D.C., last week – announcing an agreement for $1.9 billion in funding to coordinate care – health leaders from all over Oregon continued to make progress here at home, as 14 Oregon-based entities submitted the first part of the application to become a Coordinated Care Organization. The first wave of CCOs will be certified by May 28 and upon final approval will begin serving Oregon Health Plan clients by August 1.


News roundup

A healthy victory for Oregon

The Oregonian, May 3, 2012

You could say Gov. John Kitzhaber and Health Authority Director Bruce Goldberg had a successful week in Washington, D.C., where they secured $1.9 billion in federal money for Oregon over the next five years. But the big winners in this are all Oregonians, whose state will have a working budget next year and whose Medicaid clients will continue to drive down medical costs.”


With federal money, Oregon kicks health care reform into high gear (Video)

KATU News, May 4, 2012

The state announced Thursday that the federal government had tentatively agreed to spend $1.9 billion over five years in exchange for a state commitment that it will ultimately save $11 billion over a decade.”


Oregon gets extra funds to test new Medicaid method

The Wall Street Journal, May 4, 2012

One state, Oregon, reckons it can cut health costs by two percentage points within two years — and improve health outcomes — through a new way of delivering care under Medicaid, the state/federal program for the poor. The state announced Thursday that it got a green light from the Obama administration for an additional $1.9 billion in federal funds over five years to test this new method.


For DHS staff, we have created the new DHS Health System Transformation website at: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/hst/index.shtml -- be sure to bookmark that page. There’s also a separate page for Adults and People with Disabilities, linked off the DHS page, at: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/hst/apd.shtml -- bookmark that one, too.


If you have questions, please contact us at: communications.dhs@state.or.us