Acting Together to Stem the Rise in Health Care Costs.

The Oregon Health Leadership Council is a collaborative organization working to develop practical solutions that reduce the rate of increase in health care costs and premiums so health care and insurance is more affordable to people and employers in the state. More

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The OHLC announces a major new initiative in 2014: the Emergency Department Information Exchange.
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The Oregon Health Leadership Council welcomes the Portland Coordinated Care Association (PCCA) as a member.

As of Dec. 31, 2013, more than 7,400 Oregon provider organizations with over 28,000 individuals were subscribers to the secure single sign on service. In 2013, 2.7 million transactions were completed.
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Payment & Reimbursement Reform

Our Payment and Reimbursement Reform initiatives aim to implement sustainable payment options for greater efficiency and quality. More

Current work includes:

  • High Value Patient Centered Care Model—The high value patient centered care model, which provided patients with chronic and complex conditions customized, high-touch, high-tech care, ended Dec. 31, 2013. Next steps are under way.

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Evidence-Based Best Practices

Our Evidence-Based Best Practices initiatives develop strategies to reduce costs and improve quality of care in high cost medical areas with consistent use of proven clinical guidelines. More

Current work includes:

  • Emergency Department Information Exchange (EDIE)—We're working to implement this Web-based communication technology throughout Oregon to enable intra- and inter-emergency department communication.
  • Medical Imaging—Best practices guidelines for medical imaging are being implemented to reduce inappropriate use of imaging.
  • Reducing Elective Deliveries—We’re working with the March of Dimes and hospitals to reduce the number of elective deliveries before 39 weeks.

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Value-Based Benefits

Our Value-Based Benefits initiative provides a model for health benefits that encourages a cost-effective approach to prevention, chronic care management and preference sensitive treatments. More

Current work includes:

  • Value-Based Benefits Design—Employers and health plans are now implementing plan designs for the large group market which address both the underuse of effective care, such as chronic care management and prevention, and the overuse of services driven more by preference or supply than evidence.

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Administrative Simplification

Our Administrative Simplification initiatives help streamline the business side of health care, resulting in cost-savings to the entire system. More

Current work includes:

  • OneHealthPort for Oregon—This free online service allows secure single sign-on to multiple local health plan provider portals. Go to OneHealthPort for Oregon.
  • Common Credentialing—We are working to identify a common solution to reduce the hassles of collecting, verifying and distributing provider data for credentialing.
  • Process Standardization—We are exploring options for the standardization of electronic data information (EDI) transactions to be implemented in Oregon.

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