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State approves 5 new health care agencies.

Byline: Ilene Aleshire The Register-Guard

Five new coordinated care organizations have been approved by the state, bringing the total to 13 that will serve 33 counties.

The organizations, called CCOs, are a key part of the state's efforts to reform health care. Their intent is to bring down health care costs while helping members of the Oregon Health Plan - Oregon's version of Medicare - get, and stay, healthier

The organizations plan to use community health workers to help patients focus on preventative care while coordinating behavioral, physical and dental health care.

All of those efforts should help avoid duplicating services such as tests, and avert costly visits to the emergency room and expensive hospital stays, CCO supporters say.

The new CCOS and the areas they cover are:

Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization - all of Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties and parts of Coos and Douglas counties.

Eastern Oregon Community Care Organization - Baker, Malheur, Sherman, Union and Wallowa counties starting Sept. 1. Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Lake, Morrow, Umatilla and Wheeler counties would start later.

Jackson County Coordinated Care Organization - Jackson County.

PrimaryHealth of Josephine County - Josephine County and parts of Douglas and Jackson counties.

Tri-County Medicaid Collaborative - Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.

In Lane County, Trillium Community Health Plan was previously approved as a CCO.

The CCOs will begin serving members in September.

By Sept. 1, nearly 500,000 adults and children - the majority of Oregon Health Plan members - will have access to a CCO.

For a complete list of Coordinated Care Organizations, go to www.health.oregon.gov.
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Date:Aug 1, 2012
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