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  • Interview1

    Primary Care Renewal (PCR): Building Medical Homes in Oregon

    Two years ago, five teams began a series of health care reforms supported and funded by support from CareOregon. Today, they have not only revolutionized their daily office practices, they have integrated mental health services, plan for the care of populations rather that just one-to-one care, and created a learning organization. Read more about PCR >


  • Interview2

    “Releasing Time to Care” is a series of programs designed to equip front-line staff with the skills, time and authority to make changes in their own work environments, such as training staff in quality improvement methods. This includes analyzing their work processes to reduce the amount of “unproductive time,” such as walking back and forth to fetch supplies, so that more time can be given to patient care. Hear from nurses from OHSU, Providence Portland Medical Center, Tuality Healthcare and St. Charles Medical Center in Bend how Releasing Time to Care has reconnected them to their commitment to serve patients.

    Read more about how CareOregon is Transforming Health Care.

  • Interview3

    Learn more about CareOregon Health care plans, including Medicare changes for 2011. See all CareOregon videos on Vimeo.

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  • January 29, 2014

    Jackson Care Connect offers innovative care

    Jennifer Lind, regional executive for Jackson Care Connect, shared updates about how the Coordinated Care Organization is improving the health of Oregon Health Plan recipients.
  • May 17, 2013

    How Oregon Health Reform Got 'Frequent Flyer' Out Of ER

    Forty-year-old Jeremie Seals has had a tough life. He left home at 14 and his health isn't good. 

    Seals explained, "I have congestive heart failure. I have cardio myopathy. I have neuropathy in both my legs really bad. I have had a heart attack when I was 35 and I am, long story short. I'm terminal."

    His doctor, Christina Milano, has given him two troubling pieces of information. First, that he'll die without a heart and kidney transplant. And second, he's about as likely to get a transplant as he is to win the lottery.

    For more, see the full story from OPB News.


  • April 24, 2013

    Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland Releases White Paper Debunking the Top 7 Lies About Fluoride

    Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland, a grassroots organization supporting the fluoridation of Portland's water supply, has released a white paper that counters the top claims made by the opposition campaign, Clean Water Portland.

    Read more and download the white paper here.

  • April 19, 2013

    Dental director to be honored

    Mike Plunkett, dental director for CareOregon Dental as well as Neighborhood Health Center, is being honored by the Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA).

    Each year OPCA honors the men, women and organizations of the Community Health Center (CHC) community who do outstanding work providing quality health and health care services for Oregon’s most vulnerable citizens. The 2013 OPCA Awards of Excellence will be presented at OPCA’s Annual Meeting on Friday, April 26.

    OPCA received nominations in the following areas:

    • Health Equities: Leading the cause to improve health equities of Oregonians.
    • Sustainability: Assure that a vital, high quality and cost-efficient network of Community Health Centers is strengthened and sustained in Oregon.
    • Innovation: Establish CHCs as centers of excellence through innovative clinical, operational and administrative practices.
    • Growth: Ensure Oregon’s Community Health Centers are able to meet growing demand for their services.
    • Professional Engagement: Demonstrating outstanding strategies towards health care recruitment and retention activities in Oregon.
    • CHC Value: Extraordinary efforts in demonstrating CHC value through data and research.
    • Leadership in Transformation: Leading the effort to transform the broader health and healthcare system to the benefit of vulnerable populations.

    Mike was selected to receive the Leadership in Transformation award for his significant involvement in OPCA’s dental efforts to increase the visibility of Community Health Centers in Oregon and the great need for expanded dental access. Always willing to help, supportive of his colleagues, and nicely bridging the divide between administrative, clinical care, and policy work, Mike is a great champion for CHC dentistry. We’re proud to have him at CareOregon.


  • November 28, 2012

    CareOregon Contributes to ACHP Report on Prescription Painkiller Use

    CareOregon, among other health plans, recently provided input for the ACHP report, Ensuring Safe and Appropriate Prescription Painkiller Use: The Important Role of Community Health Plans.
    This ACHP brief demonstrates how health plan initiatives break down care silos to improve care through direct engagement with patients and care coordination between providers.

    To read the complete brief, click here.

  • July 13, 2012

    State grants Jackson County Coordinated Care Organization provisional approval

    On June 28, 2012, the Oregon Health Authority provisionally approved the second-round applications for Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO) certification, including the application for Jackson County Coordinated Care Organization. Beginning September 1, Jackson County CCO will serve Medicaid/Oregon Health Plan (OHP) recipients in Jackson County.

    Read the Jackson CCO press release


  • July 13, 2012

    Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization Approved by State

    On June 28, 2012, the Oregon Health Authority provisionally approved Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization’s application to serve as a Coordinated Care Organization Columbia Pacific CCO will serve Medicaid/Oregon Health Plan (OHP) recipients in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook counties and parts of Coos and Douglas counties.

    Read the official press release from Columbia Pacific CCO.


  • June 15, 2012

    Health Systems, Agencies, Team Up to Win $17 Million Federal Grant

    Major health care providers and local government agencies in the tri-county area have worked together to secure a $17.3 million Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Health Care Innovation Awards grant.

    Read the official press release here.

  • May 04, 2012

    Tri-County Medicaid Collaborative Lauds Federal Investment in OHP

    Members of the Tri-County Medicaid Collaborative today praised a federal plan to invest $1.9 billion into better care for people on the Oregon Health Plan. On May 2, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave preliminary approval to investing into coordinated care organizations over the next five years.

    Read the official press release here.

  • March 30, 2012

    Oregon Health CO-OP is born!

    On March 23, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services notified Oregon’s Health CO-OP that it would be awarded the necessary funding to finance a new heath plan, approximately $50 million in loans over the next several years. Unlike a “typical” health insurer this new entity will be a Consumer Oriented and Operated Plan. In 2014 when the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange opens, Oregon’s Health CO-OP will offer health insurance that puts the member first, and will be open to any eligible Oregonians wishing to join.

    Read Oregon Health CO-OP's press release here.

  • March 21, 2012

    Coordinated Care Organization Possible in Tri-Counties

    The Lund Report reported on the possibility of a Tri-County-based Coordinated Care Organization that included CareOregon.
  • February 28, 2012

    CareOregon health plans achieve NCQA accreditation

    The National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded Commendable accreditation to CareOregon Health Plan and CareOregon Advantage Plus Medicare Advantage plan.

    “We’re very pleased to earn NCQA Commendable accreditation,” said Margaret Rowland, MD, CareOregon Chief Medical Officer. “Accreditation is a validation of the work we have been doing at CareOregon to provide better care for Oregonians, regardless of their social circumstances.”

    Read the official press release here.

  • January 25, 2012

    CCO plan moves to Legislature

    The Oregon Health Policy Board has forwarded the implementation proposal for coordinated care organizations to the Oregon Legislature for final approval. The action is the next step in improving the Oregon Health Plan for better health and lower costs as laid out in House Bill 3650, passed by the legislature in 2011.

    The proposal lays out the governance, global budget and criteria for coordinated care organizations. Under HB 3650, CCOs will be the local entities delivering health coverage and care for OHP clients’ mental health and addictions, physical and ultimately dental health.

    For more information, see the Oregon Health Authority announcement.
  • January 11, 2012

    Oregon’s First Physician-to-Physician Community Referral System Launched by Portland IPA

    The Portland Interhospital Physicians Association (Portland IPA), Oregon’s largest physician group comprising more than 2,500 primary care and specialty physicians, this week launched an easy-to-access system to assist with generating and tracking referrals, tracking patient utilization and facilitating an expedited process for obtaining prior authorizations and ordering diagnostic tests for physicians and health organizations.

    For more information, read the full release from the Lund Report, January 9, 2012.

  • December 28, 2011

    New Northwest Milk Bank

    The Oregon Health Insurers Parnering for Prevention, which includes CareOregon, Kaiser and other Oregon health plans, is helping to launch a human milk bank in Oregon. For more information, read the 12/15/11 release.
  • October 28, 2011

    Good News for Seniors, Medicare Premiums

    The government reports that Medicare premiums will be lower in 2012 than originally anticipated. For more information, see Oregonian, 10/28/11.
  • October 28, 2011

    Providence's RT2C Work Highlighted

    The Oregonian highlighted Providence Hospital's work with Releasing Time to Care on 10/16/11.
  • September 20, 2011

    OHA Holds Community Meeting

    The Oregon Health Authority is inviting Oregonians to attend a community meeting about coming changes to the Oregon Health Plan. Under bipartisan legislation passed earlier this year, state lawmakers set a vision for local Coordinated Care Organizations with a goal of better health, better care and lower costs. For more information, read this letter, or visit
  • September 20, 2011

    OHA Plans Overhaul of OHP

    The Oregon Health Authority is ramping up its work to figure out the fine points of a massive overhaul of the Oregon Health Plan, and to sell it to the people who are affected.
  • August 25, 2011

    Health Authority Looks at Coordinated Care Organizations

    The state of Oregon is trying to come up with a new, and cheaper way of keeping people healthy. Listen to OPB's interview on Coordinated Care Organizations and how they may recreate health care in Oregon.
  • May 20, 2011

    Hospital Tax Increase Proposed

    The Oregonian reported on May 20 that the proposed hospital tax increase may be the Oregon Health Plan's greatest hope this legislative season.
  • April 08, 2011

    Proposed Coordinated Care Organizations

    CareOregon member Kay Dickerson shares her views about the proposed Coordinated Care Organizations.
  • March 29, 2011

    Health Systems Transformation Team Makes Recommendations

    The Health Systems Transformation team, convened by the governor to determine how to overhaul the Oregon Health Plan, has made its recommendations to the legislature.  
  • March 25, 2011

    Oregon Health Authority's Transformation Team

    The Oregon Health Authority's Transformation Team has been meeting with Oregonians weekly over the past couple of months, and has now given its recommendations to the legislature.  The team recommended the development of Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) that integrate physical, dental and mental health for OHP members and dually eligible members. If passed, it will require federal waivers.
  • August 20, 2009

    About one in six Oregonians receives food stamps.

    About one in six Oregonians receives food stamps. While it can be difficult to turn a tiny food budget into healthy meals, it is possible, and CareOregon (an organization that serves the largest number of Oregon Health Plan members) is offering nutrition recommendations to help people stretch limited food dollars. CareOregon’s health education coordinator, Denise Johnson, says anyone can use the same tips to save money and improve their diet. (Courtesy of The Public News Service).

  • August 01, 2009

    CareOregon's Dora Montgomery talks to people

    Every day, CareOregon's Dora Montgomery talks to people who need to know how to eat right on a limited budget.

  • May 11, 2009

    Medical home expansion

    CareOregon, Oregon Primary Care Association receive grant to promote medical home expansion.

  • May 01, 2009

    Unlocking Primary Care

    Unlocking Primary Care: CareOregon's Medical Home Model(Courtesy of Managed Healthcare Executive).

  • January 01, 2009

    Primary Care Renewal clinics

    Primary Care Renewal clinics featured in Portland Monthly The magazine’s annual “Top Docs” issue includes a feature story about CareOregon and the pilot Primary Care Renewal clinics: Multnomah County Health Department's Mid County Health Center and HIV Health Services Center, Central City Concern Old Town Clinic, Legacy Clinic Emanuel, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center Cornelius Campus and Oregon Health & Science University Richmond Clinic.

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