State approves 5 coordinated care organizations

State approves 5 coordinated care organizations
This June 18, 2012, file photo shows Dr. Ora Botwinick, right, examining Dahlia Arbella, 5, at the Multnomah County's North Portland Health Center, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Health Authority has certified five more groups to coordinate treatment for low-income patients with state-funded health care.

State officials announced Tuesday that the new coordinated care organizations will start up on Sept. 1. They join eight others that will begin operating on Wednesday.

Altogether, the state says coordinated care organizations have been certified to cover nearly 500,000 people on the Oregon Health Plan. The organizations are a key piece of Gov. John Kitzhaber's plan to improve the health care system with lower costs and better results.

Proponents hope they'll eliminate duplicated procedures and work with patients to prevent avoidable hospitalizations.

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List of certified coordinated care organizations: http://bit.ly/MQm9gJ

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.