EOCCO to Seek Input from Public on Future of Local Health Care


Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO) will hold community meetings in each of the 12 counties it serves. EOCCO serves Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) members throughout the 12-county region.

The meetings will be an opportunity to learn about community-driven health improvement efforts, and to consider shared strategies under the state’s next phase of coordinated care, known as “CCO 2.0.”

“The greatest strength of Eastern Oregon communities is collaboration. As we move into a new era of coordinated care, Eastern Oregon is uniquely positioned to raise the bar on health care for the individuals and families who call this region home,” said Kevin Campbell, chief executive officer of EOCCO.

In Umatilla County, meetings will be held on Oct. 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Health Care System in conference rooms A and B. Two other Umatilla County meetings will be held in Milton-Freewater on Oct. 18, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Oregon Child Development Coalition offices, 403 Peabody St., and later that same day from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Pendleton Public Library, 502 S.W. Dorian Ave.

In Morrow County, a meeting will be held on Nov. 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the SAGE Center in Boardman, 101 Olson Road.

“We look forward to hearing from community members as we work together to build and consider new approaches to improving the healthcare system. Our commitment is better care and better health at lower costs for Eastern Oregon communities,” said EOCCO President Sean Jessup.

Established in 2012, EOCCO serves about 50,000 members across a 50,000-square-mile service area — roughly the size of New York state.

“We’re really proud of the way the healthcare community has come together to form and support the CCO. Through these partnerships, we are rapidly becoming a nationwide model for success in rural communities,” said Robin Richardson, chief operating officer and board chair of EOCCO.

On Sept. 27, the Oregon Health Authority announced EOCCO’s five-year contract award as the coordinated care organization serving Oregon Health Plan members in the following counties: Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler.

For more information about the upcoming meetings, please contact EOCCO at 541-298-2101 or visit the EOCCO website.


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