Oregon’s Coordinated Care Model: Inspiring Health System Innovation

March 13, 2015   |  Tags: Blog   |  Tags: OHA Transformation Center , Conference , Social Determinants of Health , CCOs
Summer Boslaugh, OHA CCO Transformation Center

On December 3rd and 4th, 2014, the Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center held its second annual coordinated care model summit: Oregon’s Coordinated Care Model: Inspiring Health System Innovation. Almost 1,200 people representing Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs), community advisory councils, providers, community stakeholders, health leaders, consumers, lawmakers, policymakers and funders came together to share concrete, innovative strategies for what health system transformation looks like on the ground.

Former Governor Kitzhaber provided remarks during the opening plenary, which included inspiring speakers such as Dr. Don Berwick, Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMMS) and Founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Dr. Berwick challenged attendees to focus on cooperation and remaking the delivery system.

Attendees also heard from four CCOs who shared their stories of success in implementing aspects of the coordinated care model. Trillium CCO spoke about their experience with the medical home model and integrating behavioral health; Eastern Oregon CCO shared their experience with involving and incorporating input from community advisory councils; Health Share of Oregon presented on supporting high-utilizing patients to address needs and overcome barriers to health; and Yamhill CCO spoke about connecting health and early learning.

The second day highlighted upstream strategies to promote health and social determinants of health, the national health care landscape, and patient, family and caregiver engagement. Sixteen breakout sessions highlighting emerging best practices in Oregon were spread out over the two days. Among other topics, breakout sessions addressed:

  • Coordinated Care Organization Overview
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Improving Population Health
  • Dental Integration
  • Incentive Measures
  • Health Information Technology
  • Alternative Payment Methods
  • Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes

One-third of the summit attendees completed evaluations. Respondents commented that the most valuable components of the summit were the plenary sessions and networking opportunities. Approximately 90% of respondents said that they planned to implement at least one innovative practice that they learned about at the summit, and that they made new connections with colleagues and other organizations on which they plan to follow up. 

Videos and presentations from the Summit are available at: http://transformationcenter.org/ccm-summit-2014/


Summer Boslaugh, MBA, MHA, is a Transformation Analyst at the Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center. If you have questions about the CCO Summit, contact her at: summer.h.boslaugh@state.or.us.