Adventist Health Participates in Tri-County CCO Project

April 5, 2012

Adventist Medical Center is included in a group of regional health care agencies working to form a Coordinated Care Organization for members of the Oregon Health Plan has made significant progress. The members of the Tri-County Medicaid Collaborative emerged from a retreat March 21-22 with a positive report, and have today filed a Letter of Intent with the Oregon Health Authority to be certified as a Coordinated Care Organization.

At the March retreat, all 14 members of the collaborative agreed to continue working together to form a regional CCO. The members are Adventist Health , CareOregon, Clackamas County, Family Care Health Plans, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Metro Area Community Health Centers, Multnomah County, Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon Medical Association, Oregon Nurses Association, Providence Health & Services, Tuality Healthcare, and Washington County.

“This has been an incredible effort,” said Legacy President and CEO George Brown, MD, who chairs the Collaborative. “It has been gratifying to see how these organizations, many of them competitors, came together for a community need. I think we all realized that if we didn’t figure this out, the alternatives would be far worse and those most at risk in our region would ultimately pay the price.”

The members agreed to build the CCO with a “best of breed” approach using members’ existing strengths. Since most of the skill sets and processes necessary to operate a CCO already exist in the member organizations, it isn’t necessary to start from scratch. This approach also is the most effective way to create a high-quality CCO in the time frame mandated by the state.

An interim management structure was created at the retreat, and Janet Meyer, Chief Operating Officer at Tuality Healthcare, will be the interim CEO. Jeff Butcher, Health Plan Chief Financial Officer at Providence Health & Services, will be Chief Financial Officer. Legacy Health’s Director of Care Transformation Jon Hersen will take on Chief Operating Officer duties. Chief Medical Officer for the Collaborative will be David Labby, MD, Medical Director at CareOregon. Rosa Klein, Policy Advisor at Multnomah County Health Department, will be Chief Health Strategy Officer.
It is believed that this new organization, when formally created, will be the first of its kind in the country. Its success would make it a model for communities elsewhere who are similarly struggling with state budget cuts and a growing Medicaid population.

The Letter of Intent that was filed this week will be followed by an application to the OHA, which must approve the formation of CCOs. The application is due April 30.

About Adventist Medical Center (AMC)

Adventist Medical Center (AMC), located in southeast Portland, is a nonprofit, 302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area.

Adventist Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system with nearly 20,000 employees serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 17 hospitals, more than 130 physician and rural health clinics, 14 home care agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit for more information.

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