In this edition, we focus on the end of the healthcare setting mask mandate, CareOregon’s work to help customers retain coverage through the redeterminations process, and controversial legislation that would mandate minimum nurse/patient staffing ratios. Thanks for reading!   Shane Ersland State of Reform 1. Mask mandate to end next month The requirement for workers … Read more

CareOregon staff are focused on ensuring customers are connected to resources they will need during the Medicaid eligibility redetermination process as the end of the public health emergency’s (PHE) continuous coverage requirement approaches.     The federal government provided continuous coverage for Medicaid recipients during the COVID-19 pandemic through the PHE, regardless of whether or … Read more

CareOregon will convert a Seaside hotel into housing for the region’s healthcare workforce and Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members with behavioral health needs.     The health plan purchased Seaside’s Red Lion Inn & Suites, and will create 50-60 housing units there, with two-thirds of the units reserved for the healthcare workforce. Columbia Pacific CCO—which … Read more

CareOregon, LifeWorks NW, and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) are teaming up this summer to help close the gaps in access to psychiatric services available to youths on the Oregon Health Plan and train the next generation of providers.      The launch of the Bridge Clinic offers brief outpatient psychiatric services, including medication … Read more

Three experts came together at the 2021 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference to talk through diversity, equity, and inclusion investments and their impacts on the social determinants of health. The panel reviewed efforts underway to collect better data around the social determinants of health, create a more inclusive health care workforce, and connect … Read more

Next month, we’ll host the 10th annual State of Reform event. It’s a little crazy to me to think about all of the work in those intervening 10 years. In those early days, Bruce Goldberg was very kind. Amy Fauver showed up for a keynote at the last minute in place of an ailing Rocky … Read more

Oregon’s unprecedented heat waves over the summer left many vulnerable Oregonians unable to reach necessary services. Part of the problem, says CareOregon, is due to incomplete data on Medicaid and Medicare members and potential members. This lack of data makes it difficult to track down their members, respond to their needs, and provide advisories in … Read more