Dr. John McConnell on Oregon’s Medicaid Coordinated Care Organizations
February 9, 2016
This week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, John McConnell, Ph.D., director of OHSU's Center for Health Systems Effectiveness and research associate professor of emergency medicine, OHSU School of Medicine, describes outcomes and opportunities created by the transformation of Oregon's Medicaid system. Since 2012, Dr. McConnell and colleagues – with the help of a $2.26 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a $2.26 million gift from Phil and Barbara Silver – have worked to analyze Oregon's health reform efforts.
"Oregon's experience provides a number of lessons that are applicable to other states, regardless of whether they are expanding coverage. The Oregon-CMS exchange, if successful, could serve as a template for Medicaid reform. By providing an up-front investment to states but holding them accountable for the increase in spending, CMS has an opportunity to test reform models that have built in incentives to achieve savings."
As all eyes turn to Oregon, OHSU poised to study impact of reform efforts