In 2012 Oregon transformed its Medicaid program, providing coverage through sixteen coordinated care organizations (CCOs). The state identified the elimination of health disparities as a priority for the CCOs, implementing a multipronged approach that included strategic planning, community health workers, and Regional Health Equity Coalitions. We used claims-based measures of utilization, access, and quality to assess baseline disparities and test for changes over time. Prior to the CCO intervention there were significant white-black and white-American Indian/Alaska Native disparities in utilization measures and white-black disparities in quality measures. The CCOs' transformation and implementation of health equity policies was associated with reductions in disparities in primary care visits and white-black differences in access to care, but no change in emergency department use, with higher visit rates persisting among black and American Indian/Alaska Native enrollees, compared to whites. States that encourage payers and systems to prioritize health equity could reduce racial and ethnic disparities for some measures in their Medicaid populations.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Feb 1 2018|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Policy