Thursday I had the pleasure of spending part of the morning with nearly 100 OHA employees in the cafeteria of the Human Services Building in Salem.
It was a lively discussion and I enjoyed the conversation. We have a serious mission ahead of us in Oregon. In order to get there, it’s important that everyone who works here understands how we’re going to do it.
Here are the three ways OHA is working toward the triple aim of better health, better care and lower costs.
Number one, of course, is that we purchase health care services for members of the Oregon Health Plan and PEBB and OEBB. That’s nearly one million people and it means that working with our partners and members we can help improve quality and lower costs by setting standards and working to help improve how health care is delivered.
Number two, we work on health policy. That happens with the Governor’s office through the Oregon Legislature and our federal partners on a wide range of issues relating to public health and our state’s health care delivery system.
Number three, we are conveners to bring people together through work groups, the Oregon Health Policy Board, public meetings and town halls to help set those policies and ensure that all voices are heard. And now through the Transformation Center we will be forming learning collaboratives and opportunities for coordinated care organizations and others to come together, share best practices for health, and spread innovation.
I appreciate all of your questions. I look forward to seeing more of you at future breakfasts in the months to come. Next month I will be at Oregon State Hospital and also with our OHA Statewide Processing Center.
Oregon is seen by many as a national leader in our work to improve health and create a better and more financially sustainable health care system. Everyone at OHA plays a part in this work and I am very grateful for all that you do.