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Press Release: August 3, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber announces members of Oregon Health Transformation workgroups

(SALEM, Ore.) —  Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointed members of the Oregon Health Policy Board’s four health transformation work groups for House Bill 3650.
133 people representing health care sectors and communities across the state will serve on one of four groups. The landmark health care legislation, which passed with strong bipartisan support, set a vision for improving health and the quality of care while lowering costs for Oregon Health Plan participants.
“In Oregon, we have already shown the willingness to envision a health care system that works for everyone,” said Governor John Kitzhaber. “These work groups will be critical to making that vision a reality, and I thank everyone who is helping us carry out this effort.”
Under HB 3650, local Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO) will be established for physical, mental, oral, and other care. These organizations will be given flexibility and incentives for care that keeps people healthier, including preventive services and team-based care for chronic illnesses.
“Across the state, people are working for better health for Oregonians,” said Eric Parsons, chair of the Oregon Health Policy Board. “We have an opportunity in our state to remake the health system to take a more common sense approach to increase efficiency and reduce waste. The people who have stepped up and volunteered for this work are going to help us get there.”
The work groups will meet between August and November and will inform the development of the final plan sent to the legislature. Upon legislative approval in February 2012, the first CCO would start in 2012. 
The four transformation work groups, their members and charters are listed at www.health.oregon.gov.
Coming in the next few weeks will be an announcement about the membership of the new Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Board of Directors. Additionally, the Governor’s office and Oregon Health Authority are working with Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes to ensure they are involved as our state moves forward for better health.

Media Contacts:
Christine Miles, 503-559-8795
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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