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Tue Feb 5, 2019, 07:00 AM

24 companies, including Kaiser, Providence, Moda, want greater share of state Medicaid business

Oregon’s much-criticized system for delivering health care to the poor received a big vote of confidence from the private sector this week when 24 organizations notified the state, that they hope to get into the coordinated care organization business.

Coordinated care organizations, or CCOs, oversee, coordinate and in many cases provide health care for nearly 900,000 Oregonians on the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s version of Medicaid.

The new bidders for that role include subsidiaries of health care giants Kaiser and Providence. The Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest hopes to serve the tri-county metro area. Providence wants to operate in the metro area as well as Hood River, Clatsop and Jackson counties, according to state filings.

‚Providence and Kaiser already are partners in Health Share, a Portland-based CCO. Officials with both companies say they want to continue that relationship. They filed their own letters of intent with the state primarily to keep their options open in case Health Share doesn’t get renewed by the state.

Read more: https://www.oregonlive.com/business/2019/02/24-companies-including-kaiser-providence-moda-want-greater-share-of-state-medicaid-business.html

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