Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization and Health Integrated Partner for Better Healthcare Practices

By CIOReview | Friday, August 14, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Eastern Oregon Coordination organization and Health Integrated come together to develop chronic condition management program designed to improve patient health and reduce healthcare costs.

The Synergy Targeted Population Management program aims at enabling self-efficacy and avoiding of expensive healthcare services. Licensed psychotherapists cross-trained in chronic condition management deliver specialized interventions to educate and motivate individuals to long-term changes in behavior impacting their health.

"The State of Oregon has long been an innovator in delivering strategic, cost-effective care in the public sector," said Robin Richardson, EOCCO chief operating officer. "Research has consistently shown that Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic conditions impacted by psychosocial issues can lead to three-times- higher-per-enrollee spending than the average beneficiary. Our aim is to deliver the very best care to our members but also to contain costs. We feel strongly that Health Integrated's unique approach to serving this population will help us to continue to meet this goal."

"Reaching a vulnerable population in rural areas calls for a very proactive and targeted approach," said EOCCO chief executive officer Kevin Campbell. "We are excited to bring the clinical expertise and technology offered by Health Integrated to our rural communities to support them in their efforts to achieve the triple aim; better health, better care, and lower cost."

Depression, anxiety, substance abuse disorder are typical psychosocial issue. These types of patients are advised to make repeated emergency room visits and have higher rates of hospitalizations that will drive up costs for health plans. This program has been shown to reduce the kind of usage with 10 percent to 20 percent with same population by guiding them to take the right care at right time to get good health.