In this role, OFRH will be the consumer advocate voice, to ensure the recommendations put forward in fact support health equity for all Oregon women and families through valuing the care given and impacts for population health. OFRH believes that all people should have the power and resources to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction for themselves and their families without fear of discrimination, exclusion, or harm.

Review materials and agendas at the OHA site: Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee

Here is a brief review of the committee, why it’s work will be important for health care transformation, and previous blog posts: BLOG by week


Follow along with Hannah as she participates as the Consumer Advocate at the Metrics Table


Meeting 5: August

Parsimony/ par·si·mo·ny/ pärsəˌmōnē/ or the “principle of parsimony”: a method for selecting between equally valid hypotheses based on the complexity of each.  Also known as the Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee’s word of the day for this meeting. This week’s meeting was continuing to review candidate measures and conducted a “first pass” vote on

whether each measure should remain in ‘candidate pool’ moving forward. They are presented by domain, such as Prevention/Early Detection Measures and Behavioral Health Measures.   There continues to be thoughtful debate about metrics and their connection to improved health outcomes vs process metrics, the ability to design and track population health metrics that are valuable and do-able, and what the role of this committee is (stay focused!). We have to take into account the recommendations  of  the  Metrics  and Scoring  Committee and  the different populations  served  by  coordinated  care  organizations  and  by  commercial  insurers. The Metrics and Scoring Committee was established in 2012 by Senate Bill 1580 for the purpose of recommending outcomes and quality measures for Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs). It is a group of nine folks that works out the details of the metrics and have a Metrics Technical Advisory Group that gets even more into the weeds about metrics and data.

Although the discussion takes time, it’s a good thing to be thorough. One point that continues to ensure we act with caution is that The Oregon Health Authority, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, the Oregon Educators Benefit Board and the Public Employees’ Benefit Board are not required to adopt all of the health outcome and quality measures identified by the committee but may not adopt any health outcome and quality measures that are different from the measures identified by the committee.  So it’s a parsimonious dance of wanting to be sleek and aligned to reduce bureaucratic burden but also not make it so narrow that it negatively impacts innovation or client care.

We plan to have the menu set review by a variety of stakeholders so stay tuned! Review the materials we see at the meetings online here and please call or write in if you have knowledge that should be passed on to the group! Next meeting is Sept. 14th!

Until then-

Hannah