OHA releases application for 2020-2024 coordinated care contracts

The Oregon Health Authority has released the request for applications (RFA) that lays out the requirements applicants must meet to serve Oregon Health Plan members for the next five years of coordinated care contracts, also known as “CCO 2.0.” Letters of intent to apply will be due to OHA February 1 by 5 p.m.

Oregon first established coordinated care organizations (CCOs) in 2012 to transform health care delivery in the state. CCOs bring together physical, behavioral, and oral health providers to coordinate care for people on the Oregon Health Plan. They are designed to improve health and reduce costs by providing more coordinated, flexible and innovative services and are rewarded for achieving specific health outcomes and quality measures.

OHA released a draft of the RFA for public comment January 4. The agency received nearly 50 public comments on portions of the draft RFA ranging from the role of traditional health workers to open enrollment for members. Each public comment received is posted on the CCO 2.0 website along with a summary of the changes made to the RFA in response to public comment.

“These contracts will shape the next five years of care that 1 million Oregonians rely on, so it was important for us provide an opportunity for feedback,” said Patrick Allen, Director of the Oregon Health Authority. “This input helped us improve the RFA, which will be an important tool for OHA and coordinated care organizations to move the needle on health system transformation and address the most pressing needs of OHP members.”

The RFA advances the policy recommendations approved by the Oregon Health Policy Board in October, which addressed Governor Kate Brown’s four priority areas for improvement:

    • Improve the behavioral health systems and address barriers to access to and integration of care.
    • Increase value and pay for performance.
    • Focus on social determinants of health and health equity.
    • Maintain sustainable cost growth and ensure financial transparency.

Responses to the RFA are due April 22 by 3 p.m. OHA expects to announce the awards for the CCO contracts in July.OHA will continue to provide updated information about the CCO 2.0 RFA process on the CCO 2.0 page on the OHA website.

This press release was provided by the Oregon Health Authority.