The brainchild of Gov. Kitzhaber, a former emergency room physician, the coordinated care organization model is intended to both streamline health care delivery by putting a continuum of health-care related services, including physical, mental and dental care, under one organizational tent. Supporters say the approach will eliminate duplication of services and help steer more dollars into prevention, reducing the need for costly medical interventions, including emergency room visits.
However, the state has yet to spell out exactly how the new coordinated care organizations would function within the existing system and how they would interact with patients. The community meetings are designed to provide policy makers with some of those ideas, which will be drawn from input gathered from patients, businesses and community members. Previous meetings around the state have drawn hundreds of people to the forums that include representatives from the local health care community already working to integrate the changes into their practices.
The forum is free and open to the public.
Community Health Care Meeting
Thurs. Oct. 6, 6-8 p.m. Riverhouse Convention Center, 2850 NW Rippling River Ct.