In addition to welcoming our new President and CEO, it was a busy month for OAHHS staff. Here is a brief summary of the work:
Policy & Advocacy
The advocacy team is planning for the 2020 short session of the Legislature that begins on Feb. 3 (and must end by March 8). Among the expected issues:
-- Behavioral Health
Our team will be tracking activity from the House Health Care subcommittee on behavioral health and the Senate Mental Health committee.
-- Regulating Surgical Smoke
-- Flavor Bans for E-Cigarettes
Ongoing work includes participation in the Governor’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council. Three hospital executives and OAHHS are fully engaged in the Governor’s BH Task Force and are looking forward to shaping the outcome.
OAHHS is working with WSHA and ASHNHA on updating the Workplace Violence Prevention toolkit to include additional resources and references. Updates will be released in early 2020. We are also developing WPV educational opportunities, including an in-person learning collaborative on March 19, 2020.
We are participating in the in the development of the State Health improvement Plan for 2020-2024 and tracking end of year federal legislation (see “A Capitol View” below).
OAHHS has been supporting the hospital members on the Health Care Cost Growth Benchmark committee which issue will recommendations on how to implement a growth target and measure health care spending. Committee members include Kathryn Correia, Dr. Kevin Ewanchyna, William Olson, Jenny Smith and Jenn Welander.
OAHHS met a legislative deliverable from HB 4020 (2018) by submitting a uniform financial assistance application to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). The application was developed in partnership with OAHHS members and the Washington State Hospital Association. While HB 4020 does not preclude Oregon hospitals from asking for additional information or using a different application, we encourage all hospitals to use this form.
We have conducted a survey of Oregonians to find out their views on important health care issues, especially relating to affordability and cost.
OAHHS will soon roll out its video storytelling program focusing on local stories from members across the state. Watch for the first installments early 2020, and please forward story ideas to Dave Northfield, Director of Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Apprise team is gathering data on member community benefit in advance of the annual Community Benefit Report. The team uses discharge data, and this analysis will help member hospitals focus their community benefit investments.
The team has also compiled ED utilization data, including behavioral health as a driver of emergency department visits.