The Health Commons Project

Major Research Questions
What is the impact of improved care coordination on patient health, health care quality, and health care costs?
Partners
Providence Health and Services, CareOregon, Oregon Health and Science University, Legacy Health System, Kaiser, the Coalition of Community Health Clinics, Central City Concern, Multnomah County Health Department, Washington County Health Department, Clackamas County Health Department, Cascadia Behavioral Health, Virginia Garcia, The Oregon Clinic
Project Timeline
July 2012- June 2015
When can we expect to see results?
Results are published quarterly at www.healthcommonsgrant.org

Additional Information


What is the Health Commons Project?
The Health Commons Project is an opportunity to test out the Portland area’s five best ideas for improving care and controlling costs in Medicaid. Funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the Health Commons Project is a collaborative effort on the part of county public health agencies, hospitals, health plans, and community clinics in Portland. The team proposed five winning strategies for controlling costs and improving care. You can read more about the Health Commons Project and their five programs here.

What role does CORE play?
CORE is leading the evaluation for the project in partnership with Debra Read and Rachel Hammer of CareOregon. The Evaluation Team will create and run a community-wide quality monitoring and improvement system. CORE is leading the evaluation for the project in partnership with Debra Read of CareOregon. The Evaluation Team will create and run a community-wide quality monitoring and improvement system.

Study design
The evaluation will use surveys, qualitative interviews, and claims data analysis to identify the project’s impact and to help the entire project improve its systems.

Patient surveys will capture information about patient health, satisfaction with care, and access to care. We’ll send out surveys periodically so that we can understand how impacts change over time.

We’ll conduct qualitative interviews with patients and staff. These interviews will be tailored to the goals of each of the five programs, and will help us understand how the program is working on the ground.

We’ll analyze claims data to understand whether the Health Commons Project is having an impact in terms of cost and in terms of health care utilization. We’ll also map utilization across the community to better understand how we can target resources throughout the region.

For more information about the Health Commons Project, you can visit the website.

For more information about the evaluation, you can contact us.