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SelectedFebruary 8, 2016
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Eligibility workers have been successfully using ONE for OHP members
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Oregon Eligibility (ONE) is Oregon’s new platform to provide Oregon residents with a simple and convenient way to determine their eligibility for health coverage under the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). Since December 2015, Oregon Health Plan eligibility workers have been successfully using ONE to enter and manage OHP member information. We have not experienced any major technology issues. Our partner, Deloitte Consulting, considers our launch as one of their successful implementations across the country.

As we move into February, we are preparing ONE for applicant use. Here’s how:

OHA wants to make sure OHP has sufficient operational capacity to support applicants and community partners during the initial roll-out. At this time, we recognize that OHP staff capacity is stretched.—Staff is transitioning from previous systems, while being trained and working in a new system. In addition there are significant workload demands in the following months, including work associated with 1095-B tax forms and resuming 2016 OHP renewals.

Considering this challenge, ONE will become available to the public in stages, beginning with community partner organizations. Here’s how:

  • Initial deployment through partners: Beginning in February 2016, 50 community partner organizations have agreed to pilot ONE by helping Oregonians apply for OHP online. Partners represent coordinated care organizations and community-based organizations serving vulnerable populations across the state. Their feedback will help us improve instructions and navigations for applicants with a range of health, social and other needs.
  • Expanded release through community agencies: Following this first stage, all other community partner organizations will be offered opportunities to begin helping Oregonians apply for OHP using ONE.
  • Offering ONE directly to Oregonians: After successful completion of these steps, OHA intends to fully launch ONE and make it directly available to Oregonians so they can access the application process themselves. OHP Member Services will be available to answer questions, as will community partners.

The ONE team is excited about the progress we’re making toward providing Oregonians with a seamless and easy experience when they apply for health coverage. We will continue to provide updates about ONE in the coming weeks.​

  
Oregon’s Mid-year Health System Transformation report shows CCOs’ continued progress
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hst-2015-mid-yr-rpt-thumb.gifAccording to a newly released report, Oregon’s coordinated care organizations (CCOs) made progress and improvement on a number of key health care quality and financial measures. Between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, CCO members had lower rates of hospital readmissions, fewer emergency room visits and fewer hospital admissions for chronic and costly problems, such as diabetes and pulmonary disease. In addition, more Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members enrolled in Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes (PCPCH), a cornerstone of Oregon’s strategy to improve outcomes and lower costs by delivering better coordinated primary and preventive care to members.

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OHA releases 2015-2020 Youth Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan
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hands.jpgModeled after the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, the state’s document addresses key priorities and best practice interventions for suicide prevention and customizes national approaches for use in Oregon. 

The plan includes approximately 80 action items under four general themes: Healthy and empowered individuals, families and communities; Clinical and community preventive services; Treatment and support services; and Surveillance, research and evaluation.​

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Statewide equity and inclusion technical assistance available
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In an effort to provide technical assistance to Oregon Health Authority staff, coordinated care organizations, community-based organizations, health care providers and health planning and policy leaders throughout Oregon, the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) has established contracts with six equity and inclusion coaches. Learn more here.

The goal is to improve the capacity of health professionals and health care delivery systems to increase equitable access to health care, and to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes for underserved populations and communities of color. To learn more about the E&I coaches, view a prerecorded webinar and review the E&I Coach Process Flowchart. To complete a request form, click here

For more information, contact Charniece Tisdale, equity and inclusion training coordinator, at Charniece.Tisdale@state.or.us or visit the OEI Training, Resources and Technical Assistance webpage.​

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Marijuana meetings cover new rules, research
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​Oregonians took advantage of several opportunities in January to learn about and comment on various marijuana-related topics when three OHA bodies held meetings around the state.

The Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee met Jan. 11 and 25 proposed permanent rules for medical marijuana patients, growers, processors and dispensaries, as well as for limited retail sales. OHA also hosted meetings in Eugene, Portland, Bend and Medford to discuss the proposed rules with residents.

 

The Cannabis Research Task Force, created by Senate Bill 844 in 2015, held two of its three meetings in January. On Jan. 8 the task force discussed legal barriers to cannabis-related research by laboratories and institutional review boards. At its third and final meeting, the task force looked at solutions to structuring and funding research on medical properties of cannabis; discussed the idea of growing cannabis in Oregon for research purposes; and reviewed its draft report that's due to the Legislature in early February.

marijuana logo.jpg A new universal symbol that will be required on all marijuana products sold in  Oregon beginning April 1 was one of the topics when the Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee met January 28.

The committee also heard updates on the marijuana rulemaking process and Senate Bill 844, and reviewed OHA’s recent marijuana data report, “Monitoring Marijuana Use, Attitudes, Health Effects

For more information on the OHA's marijuana-related work, visit Public Health Division’s marijuana and health website at www.healthoregon.org/marijuana.

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Treatment of choice: Programs expand schizophrenic patients’ role in their own care
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The idea was to go out in an emotional swan dive, a lunge for the afterlife that would stretch his 17-year-old imagination. He settled on a plan and shared the details with a Facebook friend: He would drop DMT, a powerful psychedelic, and then cut his throat.

“Everyone was telling me what I could and couldn’t do — doctors, my parents,” said Frank, now a 19-year-old college student. “I was going to hurt myself, to show people, ‘Look, I am still in control of my life.’”

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Oregon's CCOs continue to slash ER visits, hospital admissions
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The state’s 16 Coordinated Care Organizations continue to reduce costly emergency room visits and hospital admissions for certain conditions, according to a report out today.

“The CCOs have made consistent and steady progress on many of the metrics,” said Medicaid Director Lori Coyner. “There are a few where we need more focus and effort.”

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OHA accepting applications: Council of Clinical Innovator Fellows
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The Oregon Council of Clinical Innovators is now accepting applications for the third cohort of Clinical Innovation Fellows. Supported by the Oregon Health Authority through funding from the State Innovation Model grant, this is an opportunity to build the capacity of health system leadership in our state, support the success of coordinated care organizations, and spread Oregon’s coordinated care model. For details, see the call for applications and application form available here. Applications are due April 15, 2016.

 

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