History

Oregon is leading the way in transforming the way our health care system works.

In 2011, Governor John Kitzhaber signed House Bill 3650. This bill set the stage for transforming the care people receive through the Oregon Health Plan (OHP), and began the process of establishing local Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs).

Since September 2012, Health Share of Oregon has served OHP members in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties.

2011

March

  • Dr. Bruce Goldberg, Director of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), convenes five Tri-County Physical Medicaid MCO’s to discuss a Regional System of Care for OHP.

June

  • Oregon Health Leadership Council engaged.

July

  • Governor John Kitzhaber signs House Bill 3650, officially establishing Coordinated Care Organizations to serve Oregon Health Plan members.

August

  • “Big Idea” document published & rejected.
  • Small group begins meeting weekly at Legacy (Multnomah County, Providence, Kaiser, CareOregon, and Legacy).

December

  • Health Commons Grant submitted.
  • Group expanded to include Adventist, Tuality, Washington County, Clackamas County and Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHCs).

2012

January

  • Officially launched Tri-County Medicaid Collaborative (TCMC) Steering Committee.

March

  • Executive Team (the “Voluntolds”) dispatched to build new CCO.

April

  • “TCMC” Articles of Incorporation filed.
  • CCO Letters of Intent submitted.

July

  • Health Commons Project Grant Award.
  • Community Advisory Council convened.

August

  • Board of Directors seated and Health Share of Oregon name selected.
  • Readiness Review & final Authorization to Proceed.

September

  • Health Share of Oregon goes live September 1, 2012.

2013

February

  • Janet L. Meyer named first Chief Executive Officer of Health Share of Oregon. Previously the Chief Operating Officer for Tuality Health Alliance in Hillsboro, Meyer had served as Health Share’s Interim CEO since March 2012.

June

  • Health Share works with PHTech to launch a new provider portal for checking the eligibility status of Oregon Health Plan members assigned to Health Share.

July

  • Second Board of Directors retreat focuses on a one-year strategic plan, with focus on high utilizer members and the upcoming Affordable Care Act expansion.
  • Addictions residential treatment is integrated.

August

  • Work begins on integrating nine dental plans into Health Share.

September

  • OHA begins fast track outreach to potential OHP members as part of the Medicaid Expansion of the Affordable Care Act.

November

  • Health Share is awarded a $3.4 million Transformation Fund Grant Award by the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) Transformation Center.

2014

January

  • Health Share finalizes integration of eight dental plans in the Coordinated Care Organization.
  • The ACA expansion brings more than 82,000 new members to Health Share, for a total of more than 240,000 (as of October 15, 2014).

February

  • The Addictions and Mental Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority awards Health Share over $575,000 to create a Forensic Assertive Community Treatment program in Multnomah County and to expand wraparound mental health services for children and teens in Clackamas and Multnomah Counties.

March

  • The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHA) Committee, a subset of Health Share’s Community Advisory Council, designates Behavioral Health and Chronic Disease as the two priorities for focus in Health Share’s 2014 Community Health Improvement Plan.

May

  • Health Share and FamilyCare, the two Tri-County Coordinated Care Organizations, collaborate to produce an RFP for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation services.

June

  • Health Share successfully meets the requisite Oregon Health Authority’s 2014 Performance Metrics and receives an incentive award of $13,720,133, the maximum amount available.

July

  • A ninth dental plan is integrated in the Coordinated Care Organization.
  • The Health Share Board of Directors held their third strategic planning retreat, directing Health Share leadership to continue focusing on the strategic imperative of ensuring adequate capacity and access to services.  Staff will be focused on both the expansion population and special needs populations, including the high utilizers and those struggling with addictions and mental health issues.  The staff will also be developing strategies to address the Board’s interest in focusing on prevention.

September

  • Health Share of Oregon announces more than $350,000 in grants to four community-based organizations in the Tri-County area for projects supporting the Coordinated Care Organization’s Community Health Improvement Plan.

2015

January

  • Access2Care, doing business as Ride To Care, begins brokering Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) services for Oregon Health Plan members in the Tri-County region.