Oregon is making changes to the network adequacy rules for OHP. The focus at this time is on standards for how long it should take most CCO members to get to different types of providers or services.
OHA has received considerable feedback from members, community partners, and health plans. OHA is dialing in its proprosed changes based on this feedback and a variety of data sources (for example: claims and encounter data).
You can see the results of the feedback survey that closed April 3, 2023 in the menu to the right.
To help those interested in tracking the changes over time, OHA has posted its slides from network standards presentations. Also available is a description of changes to the proposed standards. See documents below.
The proposed changes as of
New area types
Right now, the rules have just two area types: urban and rural. We think two area types are not enough to describe Oregon's geography. Here is our new list of area types:
- County with Extreme Access Considerations (orange) - Counties with 10 or fewer people per square mile.
- Rural (blue) - More than 10 miles from the center of an urban area.
Urban (green) - More than 40,000 people in a 10 mile radius.
Large Urban Areas (purple) - Connected urban areas with 1 million people or with more than 1,000 people per square mile.
The rules are different based on the provider you need to see and the area you live in. OHA is proposing tighter time and distance standards for providers that members usually see more often. These providers would be "Tier 1" providers. Primary Care Providers would be considered “Tier 1". A specialty provider that not all members need would be a "Tier 2" or "Tier 3" provider. A Dermatologist, for example, would be in "Tier 3".
The charts below lists the time and distance tiers in minutes or miles and the provider or service types OHA is proposing time and distance for by tier.
County with Extreme Access Considerations|
10 mins or
25 mins or
30 mins or
40 mins or
20 mins or
30 mins or
75 mins or
95 mins or
30 mins or
45 mins or
110 mins or
140 mins or
Primary Care, Primary Care Dentistry, Mental Health, Pharmacy, Psychology, SUD Treatment|
Cardiology, Durable Medical Equipment, Hospital, Methadone Clinic, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Occupational Therapy, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Ophthalmology, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Podiatry, Psychiatry, Speech Language Pathology|
Allergy & Immunology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hematology, Nephrology, Otolaryngology, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Skilled Nursing Facility, Urology|
Heath plans serving OHP members are responsible for helping members get the care they need. That means that even if the provider or service is not listed in the chart above, your health plan should still help you get access to covered benefits and services.