What’s New:

SNAP Recipients have fast track to OHP.  Your uninsured patients who are currently eligible for SNAP payments will receive a letter from the OHA this week.  All they need to do is sign the letter, identify a PCP and return it.  They are automatically enrolled!  Complication Alert – those living in an area with more than one CCO will be asked to pick among the options.  You will want your patients to pick the CCO you are affiliated with.  See here for more information and a look at the letter being sent out.

CCO Connections – At last!  A complete listing of all the CCO’s,  their Medical Directors, fellow OAFP members on their governing boards, the contact information for the Innovator Agent and Provider Services rep.

Confused about the Insurance Exchange?  Here is an excellent, Oregon specific, PowerPoint presentation put together by Doctors for America.

Good News:  An article in the Annals of Family Medicine examines 23 High-Functioning Primary Care Practices and finds JOY.  Read it here.

Primary care physicians must file their self-attestation form to receive Medicaid payment increase

Primary care physicians who treat Medicaid patients could be eligible for a payment increase.  As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), state Medicaid programs are required to pay for select primary care services and vaccine administration at rates equal to Medicare for 2013 and 2014.

To receive the payment increase, however, you must act.  Each qualifying physician must complete and file a self-attestation form .

Not sure if you qualify?  Visit this OHA webpage for more information.  You may also want to see the AAFP’s website for more information about AAFP activities related to the primary care payment increase.

The OAFP has prepared A set of guidelines to use when creating or evaluating a Coordinated Care Organization in your community. Learn more about CCO’s in Oregon from the Oregon Health Authority.

A helpful tool:  How to calculate the costs to your clinic to maintain a PCPCH model of care.