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Three Ore. counties get coordinated-care organizations

Oregon has certified two more organizations to provide healthcare for people on the Oregon Health Plan.

The Oregon Health Authority gave provisional approval to coordinated-care organizations that want to operate in Hood River, Wasco and Yamhill counties. If formally approved later this month, they will begin operating on Nov. 1.Coordinated-care organizations are the centerpiece of Gov. John Kitzhaber's overhaul of the state Medicaid program, which was approved by the Legislature earlier this year. They'll be responsible for finding ways to improve care and lower costs by preventing emergencies and improving coordination.

Altogether, the state has given final or provisional certification to 16 care organizations covering people in all 36 Oregon counties.
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