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ACOs: Oregon experiments with coordinated care

The federal government has agreed to allow the State of Oregon to modify its Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program by establishing the Oregon Health Plan, which will, among other things, set up coordinated care organizations.  The CCOs will be like accountable care organizations (ACOs), but are intended to yield cost savings more quickly.  The author describes the features of the new Oregon model and identifies features that are likely to contribute to its success or failure.

For the official site of the Oregon Health Plan, click here: http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/healthplan/pages/index.aspx 

Source: Stecker, E.C.  The Oregon ACO experiment: bold design, challenging execution.  The New England Journal of Medicine, published online, Feb. 13, 2013.  Click here for full text: http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMp1214141.  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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