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Contract Focuses on Performance

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Rogue Community Health (RCH) has signed a new value-based pay and risk sharing contract with CareOregon/Jackson Care Connect (JCC) in Jackson County. Value-based payment (VBP) is part of CCO 2.0 with a focus on aligning partners such as Rogue Community Health and Jackson Care Connect to improve patient experience, quality of care, and health outcomes.

RCH is a leader in implementing CCO 2.0, which represents the future of health care payment contracts for the next five years through the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and its contracted coordinated care organizations. Rogue Community Health Chief Executive Officer, William North explains, “OHA has been very clear about healthcare transformation in the state of Oregon. By 2024, JCC and other CCOs are required to have 70% of their contracts for providers under value-based pay (VBP) arrangements. We are committed to healthcare transformation and with this agreement, RCH meets the VBP target for our JCC members and this supports JCC in achieving its target by 2024.”

Oregon Health Authority’s CCO 2.0 policy recommendations will tackle Oregon’s biggest health challenges:

1. Improve the behavioral health system;
2. Increase value and pay performance;
3. Focus on social determinants of health and health equity; and 4. Maintain sustainable cost growth. Through intentional collaboration between the CCO and health/human services providers, a local solution is created.

Jennifer Lind, CEO of Jackson Care Connect, states, “As a leader in health care transformation, we are designing new partnerships with our network to create the aligned incentives and to help us meet the CCO 2.0 requirements set by the state. We are pleased with the leadership Rogue Community Health is showing in partnering with us to develop new programs and services that can be shared with the entire network.”

For Rogue Community Health, a value-based payment model means changes in how we deliver medical, behavioral, integrative, and dental services as a focus on population health and patient health outcomes becomes the priority. This requires more coordination between providers throughout the network and RCH has been part of the early successes to reduce inpatient hospital use, avoid ER visits and reduce total cost of care. “Integrating behavioral health with our medical services has been under way since 2017 and we are beginning to see the results of that effort in terms of improved patient access and quality of care,” noted Dan Weiner, Chief Medical Officer for RCH. “Our Medication Assisted Treatment program (MAT) for opioid and substance use disorder has grown significantly in the last year to meet the demand.”

“RCH will continue to work toward developing a health system that is truly responsive to patients and assures access to all. We are happy to be able to do our part in making this a reality for the Rogue Valley,” noted William North. In 2018, Rogue Community Health provided 11,690 patients with 40,082 patient visits and has nearly 200 employees on staff. By focusing on value, RCH has greater capacity to help people access care as well as help resolve the underlying conditions that impact people’s health.

$7,500 Grant Received from Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation

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Rogue Community Health has received a grant award of $7, 500 from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation (CCUIF) for its new health-legal partnership service. Grants were awarded by CCUIF on June 26th to 83 nonprofit organizations in southwestern Oregon.

Rogue Community Health is grateful for the funding support from CCUIF for its new health-legal partnership (HLP), which will focus on providing legal counsel to established patients whose well-being is being affected by health-harming factors such as denial of a health coverage claim, domestic violence, housing conditions, food insecurity and other situations. This service is also funded in part by Allcare Health Plan, the Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) and will begin providing services to patients in Fall 2019.

Bringing lawyers onto a healthcare team actually began in the 1960s with the founding of the community health center movement. There are now over 300 community health organizations nationwide with attorneys on staff.   Attorneys in general – and poverty lawyers in particular – are uniquely qualified to help the healthcare system disrupt the cycle of returning people to unhealthy conditions that would otherwise bring them right back to the clinic or hospital.

“An important component of the services will be to cross–train medical providers and our attorney so that they better understand each other’s discipline,” says Ryan Bair, Chief Network Officer for Rogue Community Health. “Our attorney fits into the continuum of care by working with clinical staff to identify legal issues impacting patient health.  It’s a big step in the right direction,” adds Bair.

For over 47 years, Rogue Community Health (RCH) has provided healthcare services to people of all ages and backgrounds in the southern Oregon, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.   In 2018, RCH provided 11,690 patients with 40,082 health care visits and 20 percent of the patients seen were uninsured.


Back-to-School Health Fairs

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It’s time to get students are prepared for school!

Mon., Aug. 19; 3-7pm | Eagle Point Middle School  |  477 Reese Creek Rd., Eagle Point
Tues., Aug. 20; 9am – 1pm | Shady Cove Elementary | 37 Schoolhouse Ln., Shady Cove
Wed., Aug. 21; 9am – 1pm | Hillside Elementary | 185 E Main St., Eagle Point

  • Wellness Exam
  • Sports physicals ($10)
  • Free vision & hearing screenings
  • Dental screenings & sealants
  • Immunizations
  • Insurance enrollment assistance

No appointment needed!

Please bring your student’s immunization record and insurance card with you! Students must be present and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive services.

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