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Oregon to Test New Approach to Medicaid

The federal government is giving the state of Oregon $2 billion to experiment with a new approach to serving the state’s Medicaid population.

Under the Oregon approach, each of the state’s cities will have a coordinated care organization under which hospitals, doctors, and other providers serve Medicaid patients.  Outreach workers will coordinate the services providers deliver and ensure that patients receive the care they need in a timely manner.  In theory, having all of these providers and organizations working together will keep patients healthier and reduce health care costs – especially the high cost of hospitalization.

The state’s governor, a former emergency room physician, played a major role in the development of the plan, which enjoyed bipartisan support from the state’s legislature.

Read more about the Oregon experiment in this Kaiser Health News reportStock Photo.

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