December 2, 2011 OHA Director's messages on the web
To: All OHA employees
From: Bruce Goldberg, M.D., Director

Health System Transformation and you

"A good example has twice the value of good advice."
~ Anonymous

As you know, our agency is playing a leading role in transforming the health system in our state. And as we work to better coordinate care in local communities we must also be looking at ways we can evolve internally as an organization to support and model that transformation.

To keep you up to date, Chief Operating Officer Suzanne Hoffman and other OHA leadership will be joining me in a series of meetings with OHA staff. We will bring you the latest news about Health System Transformation. We'll be talking – and listening to you – about how coming changes will affect clients, providers and our staff and how we can begin working now to get ready for this new way of doing business.

These are going to be important conversations for us to have. Under the Coordinated Care Organization model, things would be different in some key ways. Today we all work hard to give our clients high-quality, effective care and service, but it is also true that sometimes the system gets in the way. CCOs would be built around improving health – striving for better outcomes, lower costs and reduced health disparities. The CCO model would provide flexibility to innovate and to focus on better coordination of care as well as prevention, primary care and other early interventions. Coupled with this flexibility would be accountability for both the health of the people the CCOs serve and the financial resources available to them. That accountability also extends to our agency.

The first meetings will start next week and our goal is to reach all parts of the agency.

When there is a session near you, please come and bring your questions and thoughts. For those who cannot attend in person, information about the presentation will be available on the OHA intranet Transformation Blog. This is the first OHA blog on our staff intranet and it's a great way to stay informed and share your feedback.

As I have said in past messages, OHA will be striving to "walk the walk" as we ask local communities and Coordinated Care Organizations to be innovative in their approaches to delivering care. I know that many of you have already started working on or are thinking about how we meet this challenge and I look forward to hearing from you directly.

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