Long Term Care

Oregon has led the nation in providing long term services and supports to people in their own homes and communities. With a growing population of older adults and people with disabilities, health system transformation, and other changes, DHS is working with stakeholders, advocates and the public to strengthen and improve these services and supports through these initiatives:

Health System Transformation - Shared Accountability Aging and People with Disabilities

Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) mission to support the well-being of older adults and people with disabilities is carried out through activities to support health related care coordination, cross system communication and engagement in health system transformation.  APD, through local APD and Area Agency on Aging offices and its network of Medicaid and Long Term Services and Supports community providers is working with health partners at the Oregon Health Authority, Coordinated Care Organizations and other health providers to develop a robust system of collaborative efforts and communication statewide.

LTC/CCO Study Group

The LTC/CCO Study Group was an exploratory stakeholder process that resulted in a report to the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) in December 2012. On CMS request, the report addressed the integration of DHS Medicaid-funded Long-Term Care (LTC) for the aged or people with disabilities into the Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO) global budgets. The report’s related follow up activities are current themes of APD work.

Long-Term Care 3.0/Senate Bill 21 Steering Committee

DHS worked with providers, consumers, and advocates to create a short and long term strategic plan to strengthen and improve services for older adults and people with disabilities. Priority areas include housing, transportation, caregivers, and making services more culturally and linguistically responsive to all Oregonians.

House Bill 2216

HB 2216 authorizes the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) to work with long-term care facility operators to reduce statewide bed capacity.