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Advisory council adds rural voice to health care

Posted: Monday, Dec 24th, 2012

In early December, a nine-member Rural Advisory Council (RAC) met for the first time in Florence. The RAC was organized to give a rural voice to health care. Members hold two-year terms.

The council is one link in the new coordinated care organization structure. Coordinated care organizations (CCOs) were formed to manage care for people covered by the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid).

The CCO for Lane County is Trillium Community Health Plan, which began serving Oregon Health Plan members Aug. 1.

According to the state’s health care reform laws, Trillium must have a Community Advisory Council (CAC), which makes recommendations to its governing board.

In addition to the community councils are the RACs, comprising rural consumers and other stakeholders. Consumers, OHP members, must make up the majority of the council.

Of nine RAC members for Lane County, four are from Florence: Joyce Richardson, Shelly Morris and Rick Yecny, CEO of PeaceHealth Siuslaw Region, and Charene Reavis, who will also represent the RAC on the Community Advisory Council. The other five members are from Cottage Grove and east Lane County communities, such as Oakridge.

The RAC will meet monthly via web-based technology (since they are from different geographic areas) and have face-to-face-meetings at least quarterly. The RAC representative to the governing board and chairmen and vice-chairmen have not yet been selected.

For the complete article see the 12-26-2012 issue.

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