Oregon's Team-Based Medicaid Program Could Save $3.2B Over 5 Years

Oregon's new strategy for delivering healthcare through its state Medicaid program could save roughly $3.2 billion over the next five years, according to a news release from the Oregon Health Authority (pdf).

Last summer, the Oregon legislature passed House Bill 3650, which would create coordinated teams of physician, nurses and other healthcare providers — called coordinated care organizations — to take care of Oregon's Medicaid population.

Gov. John Kitzhaber said in the release that CCOs shift the focus away from emergency rooms and acute-care and toward preventive care and chronic disease management. Pending legislative final approval in February, CCOs could save Oregon roughly $1 billion in the first three years, according to the release.

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