What is a Coordinated Care Organization (CCO)?

Frequently asked questions about CCO's and InterCommunity Health Network CCO

What is a Coordinated Care Organization?
Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) are networks of all types of health care providers who have agreed to work together in their local communities for people who receive health care coverage under the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid).

Who is InterCommunity Health Network CCO?
We are a local private-public partnership that consists of county governments and their public health, mental health and addiction service departments, local health care providers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and the following organizations: Accountable Behavioral Health Alliance, Capitol Dental Care, The Corvallis Clinic, Mid-Valley Behavioral Care Network, Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, Quality Care Associates, Samaritan Health Plans, Samaritan Health Services, Samaritan InterCommunity Health Network health plan, and Samaritan Mental Health. If you would like to learn more, read about IHN-CCO.

How will InterCommunity Health Network CCO work?
We will have one budget that grows at a fixed rate for mental, physical, and ultimately dental care. IHN-CCO will be accountable for health outcomes of the population we serve. We will be governed by a partnership among health care providers, community members, and stakeholders in the health systems that have financial responsibility and risk.

What will stay the same and what will be different with a CCO?
Under CCOs, the Oregon Health Plan’s medical benefits will not change. However, today the system separates physical, mental, and other types of care. That makes things more difficult for patients and providers and more expensive for Oregon.

As a CCO, we will unify health care systems in Benton, Lincoln, and Linn Counties to provide a coordinated, team approach to the care for Oregon Health Plan members. Instead of just treating you when you are sick, we can work to keep you healthy and better manage existing conditions.

What should I know if I am an Oregon Health Plan member?
  • Oregon Health Plan medical benefits are not changing.
  • You will be notified at least 30 days prior to any change in health plan provider.
  • No action is needed from you as a member.
  • Oregon Health Authority will be going beyond standard notices. Special outreach and communications will be created for you about CCOs, what to expect with the coming change, and how to use CCOs for better health and care.

When can InterCommunity Health Network CCO begin providing services?
We have received certification by the State as a CCO with an effective service date of August 1, 2012. The Oregon Health Authority is responsible for selecting local CCOs. For more information about this process, visit www.health.oregon.gov.

 
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