Oregon’s much-lauded new method of providing "coordinated care” to state health plan
recipients could shut naturopathic physicians out of the system.
On Thursday, Oregon Health Plan patients who currently use naturopathic doctors as their
primary care physicians will lose their coverage if they continue to see those professionals.
The numbers range from fewer than 100, according to the state, to close to 1,000,
according to the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
That’s because coordinated care organizations, established by Gov.John Kitzhaber’s team as
both a preemptive health care reform tool and a way to provide more cross-discipline
treatments, are not credentialing naturopathic physicians as primary care providers.