Health Care Reform Update

Just a quick update about my health care reform essay (see previous post)… I sent out a link to my essay (with an introductory email) to the Oregon Health Authority, one of the government organizations working on health care reform. Last Friday I received a reply:

Hi Natalie,

  Thank you for your e-mail. I’m sorry for the delay getting back to you. I appreciate your e-mail and input, and thank you for providing the link to your essay. Since the Oregon Health Policy Board finished the Action Plan, the Legislature passed and Governor signed House Bill 3650 to transform the delivery system for the Oregon Health Plan, incorporating in many of the aspects of the Action Plan. HB 3650 would create Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) which  would be responsible for all of the care for Oregon Health Plan members in their communities. The idea of CCOs is exactly what you’ve outlined: allowing communities the flexibility so people receive the right care at the right time and experience better health, better care, and lower costs. This includes both looking at how providers are utilized, and also the types of services that we incentivize. The idea is to provide patient-centered care and have a prevention focus, instead of just paying for more services after the fact. If you’d like, I’d be happy to forward your message along to the Oregon Health Policy Board, which will be making recommendations to the Legislature in February 2012.  

For more information, I encourage you to visit www.health.oregon.gov. We will be continually updating that page as the work progresses.  

Please let me know if you have any questions.  

Best,
Jeremy

Exciting! Also, last week I shortened my essay into an op-ed and submitted it to a local Oregon paper. I heard back in regards to my personal info (that I was a massage therapist practicing in town), but haven’t heard anything beyond that yet. Naturally, I’ll post about it if I do.

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