by: Oregon Health Authority
The Lund Report
Oregon’s local coordinated care organizations (CCOs) are improving care in several key areas and holding down costs, according to information released today by the Oregon Health Authority. CCOs began serving Oregon Health Plan members in 2012.
Over the first year CCOs were in operation, per capita spending growth has been reduced by more than 1 percent. The November Health System Transformation Progress Report also shows emergency department (ED) visits decreased by 9 percent. Hospitalizations for congestive heart failure have dropped by 29 percent. Meanwhile, primary care visits for Oregonians served by coordinated care organizations have increased 18 percent. Additionally, reported spending for ED use is decreasing as spending for primary care is increasing. These indicators show a shift toward more preventive, patient-centered primary care.