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CMS Approves Oregon's Coordinated Care Demonstration Program

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CMS Approves Oregon's Coordinated Care Demonstration Program

May 14, 2012

On May 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gave preliminary approval of a five-year federal-state partnership demonstration designed to better deliver higher quality, coordinated care for Medicaid patients while reducing errors.

The $1.9 billion demonstration will begin in July and is expected to save Oregon $11 billion in Medicaid costs over the next decade. Provider groups in the coordinated care program will work within a fixed budget to deliver services to Medicaid enrollees, sharing any savings and assuming any risks that stem from the program.

In a statement, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber called the program an “unprecedented collaboration between local communities, health care providers and ... federal partners.”