The League of Women Voters of Clackamas County is sponsoring a public meeting to acquaint its members and others about coordinated care organizations in Oregon.

These entities are a change in health care in Oregon and the impacts could affect all of the citizens of the state, league officials said.

The meeting is set for Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Oswego Pointe condominium clubhouse at 5050 Foothills Drive in Lake Oswego. Access to Foothills Drive is from State Street (Highway 43). All are welcome.

Steve Franey, president of Franey and Associates, Consulting, will be the featured speaker. He is an advocate for reforming health care and is a founder of Health Value Community, an integrated system focused on improving health and health care delivery as measured by satisfaction, outcomes and cost at the community level.

Franey has been in the health care field for 33 years, has an MBA in hospital administration and finance and has served as a chief operating officer of a hospital and of a multi-specialty clinic. He will be discussing coordinated care communities in Oregon and his opinions of Oregon’s leadership in this new health care environment.

A coordinated care organization is a legal entity created by the state Legislature to improve the delivery of health care. They will coordinate care among a spectrum of providers, from primary care physicians and hospitals to dentists and behavioral health professionals. Initially, coordinated care organizations will serve people covered by the Oregon Health Plan and other state Medicaid programs; however, proponents envision that they could become a model for the health care industry and eventually serve all Oregonians.

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