Healthcare transformation is occurring across Oregon. Sixteen regional Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs), Oregon's equivalent of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), are redesigning healthcare delivery and coverage for people eligible for the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid). CCOs engage local health leaders and community representatives to guide local healthcare solutions. PacificSource Columbia Gorge CCO was established in November 2012 to redesign care for a two-county region of the rural Columbia Gorge. Our goals during the 9-month PCORI Tier I project period are to:
- Understand the health system transformations that PacificSource Columbia Gorge CCO is currently or considering implementing;
- Engage diverse community and health system stakeholders in reflective conversations on the CCO's regional community health needs assessment; and
- Foster relationships with network members, build an advisory council, and prepare a priory listing of regional health needs to inform partnership team next steps.
These activities will support our long-term objective to build a network of community members, local health leaders, and researchers who can design pragmatic, patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER) studies addressing our region's prioritized health needs. Both members of our partnership team (primary care provider, early investigator) have more than 10 years' experience supporting healthcare delivery and system improvement, with a focus on the Gorge. The Tier I PCORI Pipeline award will allow our team to participate in planning conversations and to understand the regional context necessary to pursue relevant CER funding.