December 2011 Newsletter


Happy Holidays from the Oregon Office of Rural Health!

Integrated and Coordinated Health Care Delivery System: Oregon’s CCOs

Draft Proposals and Implementation Timelines

After many months of seeking public input, the Oregon Health Authority has drafted an Implementation Proposal that will set out a timeline and framework for the Coordinated Care Organization (CCO). CCOs are “collaborative networks of service providers focused on reducing the barriers that stand between members and good health,” and are key to health transformation passed by the 2011 Legislature in HB 3650.

The first public comment period is taking place between Dec. 14, 2011 and Jan. 3, 2012. A second public comment period will begin in January. Public comment is being accepted via . Public comment may also be mailed to: 

Oregon Health Policy Board
Attention: Ari Ettinger
500 Summer Street NE
Salem OR 97301

Once the additional rounds of public input have been completed, the OHA will prepare a final CCO Business Plan that will be submitted to the legislature during the February 2012 session. There is no one course once the Business Plan gets to the legislature. The Legislature could approve the plan outright and OHA could move forward or they could require OHA to report back with regular updates to the Legislative Emergency Board. Funding could be released at one time or only after certain conditions are met. Ultimately, the Legislature will have to give final approval for the Business Plan and how it will integrate mental, dental and physical health care.

Learn more about the CCO Implementation and Business Plan and meeting dates.

Children’s Safety Initiative EMS

Children’s emergencies in the field can be difficult. OHSU is doing a nationwide, NIH funded survey on to identify the contributing factors of safety-events when responding to emergencies involving children and to identify important opportunities to support your care of children.

The Safety Initiative wants to hear from EMTs of all levels, emergency and pediatric physicians, medical directors, EMS program managers and directors.

If you have a story about a challenging call involving children’s emergencies, you can call anonymously to talk about the challenging call. 1-855-KIDZ-EMS. If you would like more information about the study, please contact , Project Coord., 503-494-7217.

6th Annual TAO Meeting and Summit


Register online.

Clinics and health care centers

Apply for 2011 Medicaid EHR incentives by Feb. 29, 2012

Save the dates:
January 2012 Webinars

IHS/Tribal clinics Thursday, Jan. 12
1-2 p.m.

FQHCs Tuesday, Jan. 17
10–11 a.m

RHCs Wednesday, Jan. 18
8-9 a.m.

General (all eligible professionals)
Thursday, Jan. 19 Noon-1 p.m.

Right now, eligible health care providers in Oregon can apply for incentives to help implement and meaningfully use electronic health records in their clinics through the Medicaid EHR Incentives Program. Since the program started in late September, over $5.5 million in federal incentive payments have been paid to Oregon Medicaid hospitals and eligible professionals.

Please note that it could take up to 4-6 weeks to become a “DMAP Enrolled Provider,” which allows access to the Provider Web Portal. Once you have activated your Provider Web Portal account, you will have access to the EHR Incentive application. Eligible professionals should submit enrollment requests to DMAP by Friday, Jan. 13 to meet this timeline.

Steps to apply for eligible professionals - Start today

  • Register with CMS using the federal EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System.
  • Enroll with the Division of Medical Assistance Programs (DMAP) as a non-paid Oregon Medicaid provider using the DMAP 3108 form. DMAP strongly encourages enrollment requests for any eligible professionals be submitted by Friday, Jan. 13.
  • Once enrolled, you will receive a PIN letter for your new Provider Web Portal account using the PIN letter from DMAP. Set up your account as soon as possible.
  • Collect data that shows you meet one of the following criteria for the 2010 calendar year:
    • Have a minimum 30% Medicaid patient volume (in any representative 90-day period)
    • Have a minimum 20% Medicaid patient volume (in any representative 90-day period), and be a pediatrician
    • Practice predominantly in an FQHC or RHC and have a minimum 30% patient volume attributable to needy individuals (in any 6-month period)
  • Apply for Medicaid EHR Incentives using the “EHR Incentive” screen on the Provider Web Portal.

Need help? Please attend one of DMAP's free Webinars

In January, DMAP and the EHR Incentive Program staff will host a series of free Webinars for various provider groups including Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics, tribal health centers and a general Webinar for all eligible professionals.

Each Webinar is tailored to fit the needs of each practice setting and will have the information and resources to help practices apply for incentives.

  • At all sessions, participants will review the steps to gaining Provider Web Portal access and walk through how to calculate patient volume.
  • To sign up, just click on the date you want to attend. You will then receive an e-mail confirming your registration with information you need to participate in the Webinar.


Important Dates for 2012

10th NW Regional Critical Access Hospital Conference
March 13, 2012
25th NW Regional Rural Health Conference
March 14 - 15, 2012
Spokane Washington
Learn more.

Oregon Rural Health Conference & Apple A Day Dinner
October 24 - 26, 2012
Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, Gleneden Beach
Learn more.