Columbia Pacific CCO seeks five-year Oregon Health Plan Medicaid services contract

PORTLAND, Ore. — CareOregon, the parent company of Columbia Pacific CCO, filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to continue offering health care services as a Coordinated Care Organization to Oregon Health Plan (OHP or Medicaid) members in the North Coast. It serves approximately 25,000 Oregonians eligible for OHP in Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties.

CareOregon has been serving the OHP population for 25 years by tailoring its services to the needs of the State, local communities and members. In the announcement, CareOregon noted that it will be filing Letters of Intent to continue providing whole-person integrated care in each of the communities it now serves. In addition to Columbia Pacific, CareOregon serves members in Jackson County through ownership of Jackson Care Connect, and the Portland Metro Area through its partnership in Health Share of Oregon.

Managed care organizations statewide were required by Feb. 1 to file a Letter of Intent to apply for the next round of CCO contracts, for five-year terms that commence Jan. 1, 2020.

Columbia Pacific works to integrate physical, behavioral and oral health care through a community-based model that includes a local board of directors, Community Advisory Councils in each county served, and a Clinical Advisory Panel to help represent the voice of local providers.

“We are so proud of the community-based model that we have established here in the Columbia Pacific CCO service area,” said Mimi Haley, executive director for Columbia Pacific. “The community’s partnership with our efforts to improve the health of the OHP population in northwest Oregon has been both inspiring and humbling. The table convened by Columbia Pacific CCO have fostered relationships, conversations and collaborations that simply did not exist before the CCO model was present in the region.”

These collaborations have been key to communitywide goals to improve physical health as well as a goal shared with Oregon’s Medicaid governing bodies, the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Health Policy Board, to better integrate behavioral health care through coordinating services with behavioral health providers more directly.

“Our enrollment is small compared to other CCOs, but approximately 20 percent of the population in this region is on the Oregon Health Plan,” Haley said. “These members deserve high quality, integrated care regardless of the access and health care challenges present in many of Oregon’s rural communities. We are also excited to take our integration efforts to the next level by managing both physical and behavioral health benefits; we look forward to working with our community providers to make this happen.”

For information, contact Patti Atkins, communications consultant, 503-961-2535 or atkinsp@careoregon.org.

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