In a move toward establishing "primary care homes" to improve patient health, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has established a new Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) Program.
The purpose of patient-centered primary care homes is to better focus on prevention, coordinating care between providers, insurers, and health systems, and reducing costs and duplication of services in healthcare. The goals of Oregon's PCPCH program are to develop strategies to identify and
measure Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes, promote their development,
and encourage populations covered by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA)
to receive care in this new model.
ND practices can now submit an application to be recognized by the state of Oregon as a Patient-Centered Primary Care Home. Obtaining this designation will make it much easier for NDs to become credentialed by the new Coordinated Care Organizations that will replace Managed Care Organizations and begin coordinating care for Oregon's medicaid population, and eventually for all state and school employees (PEBB/OEBB).
To download a self-assessment tool to see what your clinic has to do to prepare to become a PCPCH, or to apply to become a PCPCH, please visit: www.primarycarehome.oregon.gov