Coordinated Care Organizations: a new health-care model for Oregon

Across Oregon, 15
coordinated care organizations are experimenting with new models of
health care for people eligible to participate in the Oregon Health
Plan. With support from the federal government, these organizations are
combining mental and
physical health services in a team-based approach to health care and disease
prevention. Governor John Kitzhaber has projected that if they are
successful, the state could reduce health-care spending by as much as $3
billion over five years.

Two speakers will discuss progress in the development of CCOs at the May 13 Corvallis City Club meeting. 

Kelley Kaiser

Kelley Kaiser is the Chief Executive Officer
of Samaritan Health Plans and InterCommunity Health Network Coordinated Care Organization, serving Linn and Benton Counties.
She joined Samaritan Health Services in 1995 and was named CEO and vice-president of health plan operations in 2005.
She served as a Governor-appointee to the Oregon Medicaid Advisory Committee (MAC) and was chair from 2002 to 2004.
She holds a master’s
degree in Health Policy and Management and a bachelor’s degree in
Health Care Administration from Oregon State University.

Jeff Luck

Jeff Luck is an associate professor of
Management and
at Oregon State and a member of the Metrics and Scoring Committee of the Oregon Health Authority.
His research focuses on performance of health-care

delivery systems and public health agencies, population health data for
management and policy analysis, measuring and improving the quality of
care, and implementation of new management practices and information
systems in health-care

The meeting will run
from 12 noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Banquet Room of the Renaissance
Building, 136 SW Washington St. Attendance, as always, is free. Lunch is
$8 for members
and $10 for non-members. To save a seat, email to
by May 9 with “City Club May 13” in the subject line. Please indicate if you want lunch.

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