Oregon Seen As Health Care Model For Other States

Feb 22, 2013

Governor John Kitzhaber says the feds are calling Oregon's health system a model for other states. Money goes along with that.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
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Oregon is being awarded up to $45 million in 'Innovation Model' grants by the federal Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. The grants are designed to support states that take creative approaches to improving health and lowering health care costs.

Tina Edlund of the Oregon Health Authority says the money will be used to support changes and share what's learned.

"This is really great news for Oregon," Edlund says. "It's going to allow us to strengthen, support and expand what we're doing out beyond Medicaid. And we're very excited to get started."

Five other states received similar grants.

One of the main Oregon efforts that interests the feds is a change to the way doctors and hospitals are paid. The state is trying to move from paying a fee for every service that's provided, to a fee that encourages hospitals and doctors to keep patients healthy.

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