The Oregon Health Authority has granted provisional certification to the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO), which encompasses Wallowa County and 11 other rural Oregon counties – Union, Baker, Malheur, Umatilla, Wheeler, Gilliam, Sherman, Morrow, Lake, Harney and Grant.

Portland-based ODS Community Health teamed with Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Initiative (GOBHI), of The Dalles, to form the new CCO.

With provisional certification in place, the CCO will next undergo a “Readiness Review,” in which the organization will try to demonstrate engagement with providers and hospitals in the 12-county service area’s healthcare communities. It should also show how that engagement has resulted in policies and procedures that will shape how care is provided to all Oregon Health Plan members in the service area.

The 12-county area spans more than 50,000 square miles and is home to approximately 36,000 Oregon Health Plan members.

Subject to gaining final approval, the EOCCO would begin providing service on Sept. 1.

“The EOCCO will provide a different way of providing care for members in the Oregon Health Plan,” said Sean Jessup, ODS Health Medicare and Medicaid programs manager. “By forming the EOCCO, both ODS Health and GOBHI will work within the service area to bring new models of care that are patient-centered and team-focused.”

According to GOBHI CEO Kevin Campbell, once savings are achieved, each community will be able to determine how to reinvest those savings back in their communities for continued enhancements.

GOBHI is a 15-year-old mental health organization. ODS Health, which has been serving Oregonians for more than 55 years, has been nationally recognized for its Oregon PPO plan.

EOCCO is in the process of securing members of community advisory committees. For more information, contact GOBHI at 541-298-2101.

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