Early Results Mixed For Oregon Medicaid Changes

By Jim McCoy Tue 24th June NewsMedicaidOregon Health Authority
The first full year of data for Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's health care overhaul shows a reduction in emergency room visits and certain hospitalizations but mixed results on other measures. The Oregon Health Authority reported Tuesday on the state's 15 coordinated care organizations, the medical providers for Medicaid recipients. Kitzhaber secured almost $2 billion from the federal government two years ago on the promise that the organizations would lead to better care and lower costs for Medicaid patients. The report says emergency room visits for Medicaid patients dropped by 17 percent in 2013 from two years earlier, and hospitalizations for heart and lung problems were down. But there were lower scores on other measures, such as chlamydia and cervical cancer screenings and the admission rate for short-term diabetes complications.

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