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Oregon is transforming health care delivery to improve health outcomes and quality of care while reducing costs for all Oregonians. Health information technology is essential to these efforts. Timely access to health information allows for improved communications, coordination and efficiencies across care settings. Health information technology supports patient-centered care, ensuring that the right health information is available to health systems, providers and patients at the right time and place.

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Oregon’s Health Information Technology Oversight Council (HITOC) wants to hear your thoughts!
 
Please join OHA’s Office of Health Information Technology on June 27 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. for an ad hoc HITOC-sponsored webinar about health information technology (HIT) policy options for CCO 2.0, the next phase for Oregon’s Medicaid Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs).

This webinar is an opportunity for organizations, providers, health care consumers, CCOs, and others across the state to learn about how the HIT policy options for CCOs are expected to improve the state’s coordinated care model and to provide input on those policy options.
 
 
Phone line:
Phone number: 888-808-6929
Access code: 453-773 (#)
About CCO 2.0
 
The end of the first five-year contracts with CCOs marks an opportunity for the Oregon Health Policy Board to work with stakeholders to improve the services that 1 million Oregonians receive through the Oregon Health Plan. CCOs are community-governed organizations that bring together physical, mental health, addiction medicine, and dental health providers to coordinate care for people on the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid). Since 2012, Oregon’s coordinated care model has saved taxpayers an estimated $2.2 billion, reduced unnecessary emergency department visits, and improved preventive care for children and adults.
 
The policy options focus on four priority improvement areas identified by Governor Kate Brown:
  • Maintain sustainable cost growth.
  • Increase value-based payments that pay for performance.
  • Focus on social determinants of health and equity.
  • Improve the behavioral health system.
Although HIT is not called out specifically in the Governor’s priority improvement areas, HIT components, such as supporting providers’ electronic health records and ability to exchange health information to coordinate care, are foundational for these improvements to be successful.  Today’s CCOs are supporting HIT components in several ways—OHA’s HIT policy options for CCO 2.0 build on these efforts and increase expectations for CCOs to ensure that the Governor’s priorities can be effectively achieved.
 
OHA will gather public input on the policy options, including the HIT policy options, throughout the summer, and the Oregon Health Policy Board will adopt final recommendations this fall. Coordinated care contracts for 2020-2025 are expected to be awarded in summer 2019.
 
You can learn more about this next phase at the CC0 2.0 webpage.

​OHA is pleased to announce that Reliance eHealth Collaborative was selected to provide onboarding services for the Health Information Exchange (HIE) Onboarding Program. The HIE Onboarding Program will provide financial support for certain initial costs of connecting (onboarding) priority Medicaid providers to a community-based HIE that provides meaningful HIE opportunities and that plays a vital role for Medicaid in that community. The Program will be funded by 90 percent federal funds and 10 percent state funds.

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The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is seeking qualified candidates to fill vacancies on its Provider Directory Advisory Committee (PDAC) and Provider Directory Subject Matter Expert Workgroups (PD-SME). The groups consist of diverse health care professionals with backgrounds in provider data/directories and represent project stakeholders. Each group plays a unique role in providing OHA expertise and guidance on policy, program, and technical considerations for the design and implementation of Oregon’s Provider Directory. Both groups began meeting in Spring 2017.

This is a two-year commitment. Technology vendors are not eligible to serve on the advisory groups.

If you are interested in helping inform this work, please fill out the combined PDAC and PD-SME application and indicate your interest in serving on one or both advisory groups. Applications must be completed and submitted to ohit.info@state.or.us no later than November 30, 2017.

Additional details on each group and the members' role are outlined in the formal application. For both groups, we need stakeholders who represent the following organizations:
  • Behavioral Health
  • Hospitals (for PD-SME)
  • Health Information Exchanges
  • Dental
  • Clinics and Providers
  • Independent Physician Associations
  • Long-term Care
 
If you are interested in staying connected to the work on the Provider Directory, sign-up for our listserv.
 
Download the combined PDAC and PD-SME application.
 

​Oregon’s HIT efforts are guided by overarching priorities of OHA and the Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) within a constantly shifting health care environment. OHPB’s Action Plan for Health, created in 2010 and refreshed in 2017,  sets a clear direction  for advancing health in Oregon, and HIT plays a critical role in several key  initiatives, including expanding the coordinated care model, integrating physical, behavioral and oral health, and moving upstream to address the social determinants of health. HIT is also an important enabler to broader health system transformation efforts, including improving health outcomes, lowering costs, and addressing health inequities across different populations and regions.

The Health Information Technology Oversight Council (HITOC) has completed the update to the Oregon Health Information Technology Strategic Plan. The plan sets the vision and strategic direction to advance the adoption and use of health IT in Oregon. This plan updates the 2014-2017 plan that has guided work to date.
 
Download Oregon’s Strategic Plan for Health Information Technology and Health Information Exchange (2017-2020). Highlights include:
  • Progress in spreading health information exchange through HIE efforts, health care organizations investments, vendor-led networks and national approaches;
  • Planned work to address regional HIT and HIE gaps;
  • New opportunities for public/private partnerships; and
  • Oregon Health Information Technology Program’s work and key results.

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