DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The Oregon Health Authority has announced that eight new Coordinated Care Organizations were approved to serve local communities.
Umpqua Health Alliance will begin serving Douglas County residents starting August 1.
It will provide care for residents already enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan and Medicaid.
The CCO's aim to improve care and lower costs by eliminating some of the unnecessary elements of health care, such as duplicate testing and preventable hospital visits. Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer of DCIPA told KPIC News, "We'll see better coordination between mental and physical health. Hopefully, we'll see an increased effect on population health, so we'll focus on those things that will make people healthier. And I think we'll see a lot more community involvement."
Current Oregon Health Plan patients do not need to take any actions.
They will receive personal notification of their enrollment within a week.
Bruce Goldberg with the Oregon Health Authority says the creation of CCO's marks the beginning of a historic change to Oregon's health care system.
Officials say the same services that are covered today, are covered under the Coordinated Care Organizations.