The Oregon Academy of Family Physicians supports family physicians in their pursuit of optimal health for the people of Oregon.

 

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The OAFP strongly supports Ballot Measure 101.

What is Ballot Measure 101?
During the 2017 Legislative session, healthcare providers and stakeholders came together to develop a plan to fund the Medicaid program. The plan ensures that 95% of Oregonians will have access to healthcare insurance. The plan also includes an effort to stabilize the individual market with a fund to ensure that those purchasing insurance will have stable premiums. The funding comes from an expansion of the current hospital assessment and an assessment on health insurance premiums.

Measure 101 reaffirms the work of a large healthcare stakeholder coalition and bipartisan effort during the 2017 session.

What if Measure 101 fails?
If the ballot measure fails, Oregon will experience a $210-$300 million hole in the Medicaid program and the potential loss of $3-$5 billion in federal matching funding. This could mean Medicaid patients may lose benefits or coverage. However, several policymakers have said that they will not cut lives or benefits. If benefits or enrollment are not cut, reductions in payment are likely, and healthcare providers will likely see the effects of this measure in other state budgets.

What can you do?
Link here to a sample op-ed you can submit to your local paper.  For more information and updates, check in with this website.

 


Changes ahead for the OAFP.     
After working for the OAFP for 27 wonderful years, I have decided to retire next September.  It is more difficult than I thought to retire from a job I love!
Thank you for the opportunity to work with all of you, the heart and soul of medicine today!

Kerry Gonzales

(Details about the position and  information about applying for this amazing job are here.)


There are many recent developments in our campaign to improve the environment for primary care, including payment reform, technical assistance and developing common metrics.

Here is an article about SB 934 passed this legislative session. The bill implements the recommendations from the Primary Care Payment Reform Collaborative and requires all commercial insurers, CCOs, and OEBB and PEBB to invest 12% of their total medical expenditure in primary care infrastructure by the year 2023.  These payments must extend to all PCPCH clinics.

Here is a comprehensive study by PSU showing that the PCPCH program saved $240 million over the past 3 years, with savings increasing every year.

Click here for the recommendations from the Primary Care Payment Reform Collaborative.

See how much the insurance carriers are spending on primary care.  This report, released in January, covers care provided in 2015.


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Health is Primary!  Check out the campaign to champion family physicians at the forefront of health reform.  This effort joins forces with employers, policymakers, community leaders and health advocates to build a primary care system that reflects the values of family medicine, puts patients at the center of their care, and improves the health of all Americans.


 

 The OAFP welcomes all physicians, members and patients of every color, language, ethnicity, origin, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital status, and life situation.  Our intention is to provide excellent care to all citizens of Oregon.  We understand that members of the above listed communities have unique health care challenges and to this end we support ongoing education that directly addresses of health related issues of each of these communities.