The Columbia Gorge—a vast rural area larger than the state of Connecticut with only 75,000 people—is characterized by extremes. Not far from the coffeehouses and boutiques are remote towns where some residents live in poverty and the nearest doctor’s office may be an hour away. Orchards produce a bounty —but 1 out of 5 people report running out of food on a regular basis. To bridge those disparities, the people of the Columbia Gorge region turned an ordinary requirement from Oregon lawmakers into an extraordinary opportunity to improve the health and wellness of all residents. Read more about our story >>
Columbia Gorge CCO was one of 16 CCOs statewide to receive the full quality payout, and it was the only CCO that met performance targets on all 17 of the quality measures. Quality measures are used by the OHA to determine how successful CCOs have been at improving care, making quality care accessible, eliminating health disparities, and curbing the rising cost of health care for the populations they serve.
Performance on clinical measures in the Columbia Gorge CCO was the highest in the state in three areas: follow-up care for people who have been hospitalized for mental health conditions, assessment for children in foster care, and rates of timely prenatal care for pregnant members. Read more about our story >>