Our Work

CCO Oregon creates the space for action-oriented discourse that leads to strategies and solutions that work toward lower costs, better care, improved outcomes, a sustainable workforce, and meeting social needs across the health care delivery system. Coordinated care subject matter experts from regions across the state come together for meaningful conversations that not only spark ideas, but also the plans to see them to fruition. They are innovators who are thinking ahead and exploring cutting-edge solutions, and driving systems change.

CCO Oregon does this primarily through our programs: workgroups, retreats, and ad hoc meetings. Our Annual Conference brings together hundreds of leaders to share their coordinated care experiences, lessons learned, and innovative payer and provider projects. We also frequently provide feedback and formal comment or testimony to state and federal decision-making bodies that determine policy, practice, and metrics to manage, further develop, and assess the coordinate care model.

The discussions we host touch on opportunities related to evaluation and metrics, integration models, funding sustainability, alternative payment strategies and risk-based models, social determinants, health information technology and health information exchanges, workforce, and more. Best practices and recommendations may inform the work our members do in their own organizations and communities.

Program Areas

For each of our five program areas, CCO Oregon facilitates workgroups that meet regularly to discuss issues aligned with state-level policy discussions, national trends, and the interests of our members and the populations they serve. Retreats occur a few times a year by program area, providing the opportunity for larger groups to convene for longer than regular workgroup meetings. Each workgroup has identified co-chairs.

Behavioral Health

CCO Oregon’s Behavioral Health workgroup focuses on advancing models of integration across the coordinated care delivery system. The group engages in discussions on improved funding sustainability and braided funding options, recommended metrics, the potential for regional models that include “centers of excellence,” the role of data sharing and telehealth in successful models, and existing workforce issues and opportunities for collaborative improvement efforts. Workgroup co-chairs are Renee Boak of Cascadia Behavioral Health and Lisa Roth of Trillium Community Health Plan.

Recent workgroup products include:

Data Use in Coordinated Care

Based on suggestions from our members, CCO Oregon launched a new meeting series in 2018 for data analysts, quality improvement leaders, and health information exchange and technology experts across coordinated care. The group explores health information exchanges, population health analytics, screening tools and electronic health records, data use agreement processes, and information security.

Dental and Oral Health

The Dental and Oral Health workgroup focuses on integration and system benchmark recommendations, new delivery approaches like telehealth, and data and billing opportunities like value-based models and health information exchanges. Workgroup co-chairs are Dr. Jennifer Clemens of Capitol Dental and Matthew Sinnott of Willamette Dental.

Key workgroup products include:

Pharmacy

CCO Oregon’s Pharmacy workgroup is currently discussing aligned preferred drug list (PDL) proposals, pharmacist prescribing, medication therapy management, and other policies and rules that impact pharmacy costs and operations across coordinated care. While this is an independent group, the conversations are strategically aligned with the Oregon Health Authority’s ACE-P Committee, Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, and other related committees. Workgroup co-chairs are Amy Burns of AllCare Health CCO and Robin Traver of Umpqua Health Alliance.

Key workgroup products include:

Social Determinants and Health Equity

The Social Determinants and Health Equity workgroup focuses on efforts to deliver equitable and accessible health care and provide pathways to access human services. Most recently, the group has spent time discussing screening, coding, and how electronic health records may incorporate population health and social determinants data, and how multiple provider types may collect, access, and understand this data; how clinical integration models may inform social service integration; opportunities in expanded public health partnerships; and current efforts in this realm across coordinated care and health systems. Workgroup co-chairs are John Duke of Cascadia Behavioral Health and Sam Engel of AllCare Health CCO.

Key workgroup products include: