Umpqua Health Alliance, Douglas County’s Coordinated Care Organization (CCO), is one of several CCO's around the state of Oregon approved by the Oregon Health Authority to improve health care and make it more affordable for the population being served through the Oregon Health Plan.
Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO) are health plans that include of all types of health care providers who have agreed to work together in their local communities to provide health care for people who receive coverage under the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid).
CCO's were created in response to escalating health care costs, due in large part to an inefficient health care system. Over two legislative sessions, in 2011 and 2012, Governor Kitzhaber and bi-partisan lawmakers passed landmark legislation.
Senate Bill-3650, that created Coordinated Care Organizations, was passed by the Oregon legislature and signed into law July 1, 2011 by Gov. John Kitzhaber. SB-1580 was passed in February of 2012, implementing the CCO's in Oregon. The Umpqua Health Alliance was one of the first eight CCO's in the state to begin operating on August 1st, 2012.