April 03, 2012
For immediate release
Contact: Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654
Tuality Health Alliance Chief Operating Officer Janet Meyer has been named interim chief executive officer of a Coordinated Care Organization that will manage Medicaid programs in Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties.
Meyer was appointed to the position along with four other healthcare executives after a meeting of the Tri-County Medicaid Collaborative in late March. Following that meeting, the collaborative filed a letter of intent with the Oregon Health Authority to be certified as a Coordinated Care Organization. Meyer leads the Tuality Health Alliance, a physician-hospital community organization that provides care through 65 primary-care physicians and 200 specialists.
The interim executive team and their duties include Meyer; Jeff Butcher, Providence Health & Services Health Plan chief financial officer, interim chief financial officer; Legacy Health Director of Care Transformation Jon Hersen, interim chief operating officer; David Labby, MD, Medical Director at CareOregon, interim chief medical officer; and Rosa Klein, Policy Advisor at Multnomah County Health Department, interim chief health strategy officer.
The 14 members of the collaborative are Adventist Health, CareOregon, Clackamas County, Family Care Health Plans, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Metro Area Community Health Centers, Multnomah County, Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon Medical Association, Oregon Nurses Association, Providence Health & Services, Tuality Healthcare, and Washington County.
“This has been an incredible effort,” said Legacy President and CEO George Brown, MD, who chairs the collaborative. “It has been gratifying to see how these organizations, many of them competitors, came together for a community need. I think we all realized that if we didn’t figure this out, the alternatives would be far worse and those most at risk in our region would ultimately pay the price.”
This new organization, when formally created, will be one of the first of its kind in the country. Its success would make it a model for communities elsewhere who are similarly struggling with state budget cuts and a growing Medicaid population.
The letter of intent will be followed by a formal application to the OHA, which must approve the formation of CCOs. The application is due April 30.