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Umpqua Health Alliance placed on remediation plan

Umpqua Health Alliance, one of the first coordinated care organizations authorized by the Oregon Health Authority in 2012, received failing marks in four of six categories and was one of the four CCOs that only received a one-year contract.

The Oregon Health Authority announced its intent to award 15 contracts to coordinated care organizations for the Oregon Health Plan’s nearly 1 million members. Eleven organizations in the state were approved to receive five-year contracts, and four organizations are approved to receive one-year contracts for the next phase of health care transformation, known as CCO 2.0.

A coordinated care organization is a network of health care providers designed to provide care for patients under the Oregon Health Plan.

UHA, based in Roseburg, received passing grades for finance and delivery system transformation categories. But the Oregon Health Authority said UHA was failing in business administration, care coordination and integration, clinical service and delivery, and community engagement.

Dave Baden, chief financial officer for the Oregon Health Authority, said there were some deficiencies need to be addressed by the Umpqua Health Alliance as well as concerns about the application. He said the one-year contract gives the state agency the opportunity to work with UHA on a remediation plan. If the Roseburg-based organization shows it can meet the goals of CCO 2.0, UHA will be awarded the rest of the five-year contract. UHA’s contract will end Jan. 1, 2020.

In a statement to The News-Review, Umpqua Health Alliance CEO Brent Eichman sounded optimistic that the company would be able to make the adjustments to be able to reach the goals of the OHA in CCO 2.0.

“We will identify areas to address which will allow Umpqua Health Alliance the full five-year contract award, however, based on our past performance and the OHA’s evaluation, we know that can be accomplished,” Eichman said in the statement.

Baden said if UHA is unable to meet the standards during the timeline set by the state, the Oregon Health Authority will work on how to best meet the needs for Medicaid patients in Douglas County.

“If not, we’ll work closely with Douglas County to make sure that the needs of the members are met and to find a CCO to meet those needs,” Baden said.

He said there were a lot of areas where there just wasn’t enough information provided in the application response to make a good judgment on the Umpqua Health Alliance.

“We just want to be able to work and ferret out whether it was just not writing a good application or there are really more major concerns about Umpqua meeting the new policy goals,” Baden said.

There were 19 applications for CCOs and four of the applications were denied. The other three CCOs that received only a one-year contract were AllCare CCO, Inc., which includes a small portion of southern Douglas County in its coverage area, Cascade Health Alliance in Klamath County and Yamhill County Care Organization.

Eichman said it seems apparent that the large regional insurance carriers have fared better in the application process than the smaller rural community-based CCOs, including UHA.

“While that is a major departure from the original vision of what the community-based care delivery system was going to be in Oregon, we believe that our area will once again be served locally by those in the community that know the community,” Eichman said in his statement.

Successful awardees will sign their contracts in the fall, totaling more than $6 billion for the 2020 contract year.

Eichman said he felt the outcome of the remediation plan from the OHA will positively position the company for the next five years.

“Umpqua Health Alliance remains focused on providing the best care for its members and continuing its record of success improving care and containing costs,” he added. “We look forward to working with the Oregon Health Authority and securing the five-year contract in order to continue our service to our community.”

38th annual Graffiti Cruise drives through downtown Roseburg

Kids swarmed to the sidewalk when Joel Mendenhall drove his 1966 white Ford Mustang convertible around corner of Northeast Diamond Lake Boulevard and Northeast Jackson Street.

“They saw me come through earlier with candy. My grandson was throwing it, so that’s why the kids are running up,” Mendenhall said.

He’s been driving in the Saturday night Graffiti cruise for the past nine years.

“I always come to Graffiti, ever since I was a little kid. I always wanted to be involved in it,” Mendenhall said. “Once I did I was addicted. It’s a total rush.”

The 38th Annual Umpqua Flatheads Roseburg Graffiti Night Cruise started at 6 p.m. Saturday, led by the Timberland Corvette Club and followed by hundreds of classic cars from 1975 and older. The air was filled with car exhaust and the sound of drivers revving their engines.

Larry and Helen Wagner, of Roseburg, are a part of the Timberland Corvette Club and drove their 2007 yellow Corvette through at the beginning of the cruise. They said this is their 20th year experiencing Graffiti Weekend.

“It amazes me how many people come out and watch,” Helen Wagner said.

Groups of people lined the streets with lawn chairs while they watched the cars drive down the streets.

Kaitlyn McMahan, of Roseburg, said she grew up in the area and would watch the cruise from her driveway when she was a kid. Now, she and her family of four watch the cruise from the street.

Her son Carson, 7, said his favorite part of the event is the candy thrown from the cars. Last year he said he went home with a large bag full of treats.

“It was a big big bag, and I had lots and lots,” Carson said.

Leon Marcal, of Green, said he and his family always scope out the same spot for watching the cruise. He said he always wished he had a car to drive in the parade.

“I used to have one, back when they weren’t classics,” Marcal said.

The cruise attracted crowds from outside the Roseburg area as well. Gayle and Larry Beiniek drove all the way from Cottage Grove to watch the cruise this year. They said this is their first year watching the cruise and have always loved classic cars.”

“It’s a lot of fun just to see the old cars, what they do to them, how they fix them,” Larry Beiniek said. “I saw about five different cars yesterday that I used to own.”

Gayle Beiniek said she likes seeing cars from her childhood and adolescent years.

“It’s memories. When we were teenagers, so-and-so had that kind and I had that kind,” Gayle Beiniek said.

Mendenhall said the Graffiti Cruise is one of the biggest events in Douglas County.

“It’s just a thrill. It’s great to have people look at your car that you worked on and cleaned it up and keep it sharp,” Mendenhall said. “When you have a classic car you always find yourself driving very defensively. Because people will see it and they’ll lose track of what they’re looking at.”

37th annual River Forks Show-N-Shine brings memories, and a few surprises

Denny Napier of Roseburg sat in a shady spot at River Forks Park on Saturday behind his 1950 Willys Jeepster, a maroon convertible he adopted three years ago.

“I like orphan cars. That means they’re no longer in production, so they kind of need a home,” he said.

Napier has had at least one hobby car — sometimes as many as seven or eight — since he bought a 1940 Chevy in 1960.

The orphan cars grabbed him after he bought his first, a Studebaker, in the 1980s. Over the years he’s owned several Studebakers, a Hudson and has become a real fan of the Willys cars. He owns three of those right now.

“I have a sign above my shop door at home that says ‘Denny’s Orphanage,’” he said.

Napier’s Jeepster was among hundreds of cars on display at the annual River Forks Show-N-Shine west of Roseburg.

Napier said it’s satisfying to own a piece of history.

“They bring a lot of nostalgia to people, including myself,” he said.

At the other end of the park from Napier’s Willys sat a 1930 Ford Model A Woody C Cab with a body made of wood.

Owners Clint and Eadie Gardner of Cave Junction said it’s a copy of the original, which served as a pie wagon. Others of the same type were used for milk sales in the 1930s, they said, but the wood construction makes it unique.

“It’s one of a kind,” Clint Gardner said.

The Gardners also own a matching teardrop trailer, also made of wood.

“We always wanted a wooden trailer, just ‘cause we like things that are different,” Eadie Gardner said.

They enter the vehicle in parades sometimes pulling another wooden creation, an adult-sized hobby horse.

“We just like things that make people happy. My goal in life is to get people to smile,” she said.

Also on display were a number of later cars, from the 1960s and ‘70s. Gary Gettings of Santa Barbara, California, buys and sells cars. He said some of the older cars can be very expensive and not great for driving long distances, but cars like the 1979 El Camino can take you wherever you want to go.

Many of the older cars are works of art, and very familiar though, he said.

“I can tell you every one of these cars. You take me down to a new car lot, I can’t tell one from another,” he said.

For many, though, it was Robert Arents’ banana yellow 1957 Chevy Bel-Air that drew the eye. It was one of the most popular cars of its time, being one of the last of the Tri-Fives, the Chevies of 1955, 1956 and 1957.

It’s still a crowd-pleaser today.

During a brief interview with The News-Review, two potential buyers stopped to obtain more information, and Arents said people had been picking up informational flyers about it throughout the show.

Pat Brown told Arents he lost his own Chevy in the late 1960s.

“I had one just like it, but I got drafted and my mom sold it while I was in the Army for $400,” Brown said.

Arents hopes his will sell soon.

“It sits in the garage more than it should. It’s time for somebody to purchase it that maybe might use it more often,” he said.

He does enjoy bringing it to Graffiti, though, which he said is the largest collector vehicle show in the Pacific Northwest.

“People come from all over the place to admire the vehicles, and hopefully buy one,” he said.