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The organization's contract will run for at least another five years, officials announce

Yamhill Community Care Organization (YCCO) HAS secured a five-year contract with the Oregon Health Plan, the organization announced in December. The contract is the culmination of work that YCCO has undergone since the summer to secure a contract that it hopes will benefit county residents.

The contract allows YCCO to continue serving Oregon Health Plan members beginning this month and stretching until 2025. YCCO strives to provide affordable healthcare to county residents through its program and this development makes it that much easier, officials said.

"As a grass roots, locally owned and community governed Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) YCCO has been a model CCO for the last seven years improving patient health and experience of care, as well as lowering costs for the state," a press release said. "YCCO has a track record of meeting or exceeding the OHA performance metrics every year since the very first contract was granted in 2012, which tells a story of how health care providers and community partners have embraced the community-based model."

YCCO also touts its leadership in maternal medicine, which includes an outreach program for new and expectant mothers. This is of particular importance to president and CEO Seamus McCarthy.

"With an improved focus on the first thousand days of development, we can make a significant impact in the health of our next generation and avoid unnecessary costs across multiple public systems," McCarthy said in the release.

The board of YCCO is also focusing on its efforts to "reinvest savings into evidence-based population health improvement activities," which it says is a crucial one. These activities, the release said, are taking place in one form or another in all seven school districts throughout Yamhill County.

These programs include the Sources of Strength suicide prevention program as well as the Good Behavior Game, which YCCO said "focuses students and staff on the value of creating a nurturing, inclusive environment at school and is linked to a number of long-term prevention outcomes that keep kids in school and on track to learn and avoid bad health outcomes."

For more information on YCCO and its contract with OHP, visit www.yamhillcco.org or follow the organization on Facebook. YCCO called on other organizations to make similar efforts and concluded its release with a message of optimism.

"Yamhill Community Care is a small but mighty CCO who will meet these challenges head-on and continue to be a leader in health care transformation," the release said.


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