Health-related services are non-covered services that are offered as a supplement to covered benefits under Oregon’s Medicaid State Plan to improve care delivery and overall member and community health and well-being. Health-related services include:
Flexible services, which are cost-effective services offered to an individual member to supplement covered benefits, and
Community benefit initiatives, which are community-level interventions focused on improving population health and health care quality. These initiatives include members, but are not necessarily limited to members.
Health-related services must meet requirements for:
a) Activities that improve health care quality (45 CFR 158.150);
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b) Expenditures related to health information technology and meaningful use requirements to improve health care quality (45 CFR 158.151).
Health-related services are defined by Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR 410-141-3500 and
1115 waiver special terms and conditions, and federal regulations. See the OHA brief below for more details.
CCOs are required to report annual HRS spending to OHA through their Exhibit L Financial Reports (template available on the
CCO Contract Forms webpage). OHA reviews the annual CCO Exhibit L HRS expenditures to ensure expenditures meet HRS criteria. Reporting and spending summaries are available here:
HRS learning opportunities
Recorded 4/30/21 - Statewide priorities and CCO investments in housing
This webinar covers the basics of housing in Oregon, and health-related services (HRS) investments in housing. The webinar features panelists from Oregon Housing and Community Services, Eastern Oregon CCO, and Health Share. Topics include current statewide trends in housing, how housing is built and financed, and how CCOs can meaningfully invest in housing through community partnerships.
Recorded 11/18/20 - Community benefit initiatives
HRS community benefit initiatives (CBIs) are community-level interventions supported by CCOs that are focused on improving population health and health care quality. This webinar includes how CBIs are reported; common CBI investments by CCOs; ways to align CBIs with other priorities; and examples of promising CCO CBI programs.
- Audience: CCO staff, contracted providers, and organizations wishing to better understand how CBIs can be used to improve population health
CCO staff are invited to participate in general HRS office hours starting in fall 2021. The call schedule will be posted once available, and CCO staff may join the calls at any point during the scheduled times.
Evidence base to support use of specific interventions as HRS
In addition to other resources a CCO may identify, OHA has identified the following resources as acceptable sources for published studies or evidence to support a health-related service:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator: Expert-vetted tools and resources for health system, hospital, public health agency and other community organization staff leading community health improvement efforts.
CDC Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5): Highlights non-clinical, community-wide approaches that have evidence reporting 1) positive health impacts, 2) results within five years, and 3) cost effectiveness or cost savings over population lifetime.
CDC Social Determinants of Health: Resources for social determinants of health data, tools for action, programs and policy.
Community Preventive Services Task Force Findings: What works to promote healthy communities.
Healthy People 2030: Resources, organized by domain, to help learn how communities across the country are addressing the social determinants of health.
Leveraging the Social Determinants of Health: The Massachusetts Foundation’s report on what works for interventions addressing social determinants of health.
Social Interventions Research & Evaluation Network (SIREN): University of California, San Francisco’s SIREN works to improve health and health equity by advancing high quality research on health care sector strategies to improve social conditions.
SIREN Evidence & Resource Library: Includes both peer-reviewed and other types of resources, such as webinars and screening tools/toolkits on medical and social care integration.
OHA Health Evidence Review Commission: Multisector intervention reports on population-based health interventions or other types of interventions that happen outside of clinical settings.
OHA has also identified the following resources to support CCOs in calculating return on investment (ROI) for health-related services expenditures. Note: Calculating an ROI is not required for reporting HRS expenditures to OHA, but it may support CCOs' long-term HRS expenditure planning.
Commonwealth Fund ROI Calculator. This calculator is designed to help health systems and their community-based organization partners plan sustainable financial arrangements to fund the delivery of social services to high-need, high cost patients. To help users of this ROI calculator, the Commonwealth Fund has provided a
summary assessment of available evidence of health care impact for interventions related to addressing health-related social needs for high-need adults.
Center for Health Care Strategies ROI Forecasting Calculator: This web-based tool is designed to help Medicaid state agencies, health plans and other stakeholders assess and demonstrate the cost-savings potential of efforts to improve quality.
If you have questions, please email the OHA health-related services team at