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Ore­gon Gov. John Kitzhaber wants to sue Or­a­cle Corp. over the state’s failed health in­sur­ance ex­change,

Cover Ore­gon. But Or­a­cle is say­ing it’s not re­spon­si­ble for the ex­change’s prob­lems. “Con­trary to the story the state is pro­mot­ing, Or­a­cle has never led the Ore­gon health ex­change project. (Ore­gon Health Author­ity) and Cover Ore­gon were in charge and badly mis­man­aged the project by con­sis­tently fail­ing to deliver re­quire­ments in a timely man­ner and fail­ing to staff the project with skilled per­son­nel,” Or­a­cle said in a state­ment. Kitzhaber sent a let­ter May 29 to At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ellen Rosen­blum urg­ing a law­suit against Or­a­cle for its role in the in­sur­ance ex­change. Ore­gon paid Or­a­cle $134 mil­lion for its con­tri­bu­tion to the web­site, which was crip­pled by tech­ni­cal glitches.

The Of­fice of the Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor for Health IT, fac­ing the com­ing ex­haus­tion of its fund­ing, late last Fri­day an­nounced the agency’s “next func­tional re­align­ment.”

Agency head Dr. Karen DeSalvo said in an in­ter­nal memo that a new, “flat­ter and more ac­count­able reporting struc­ture” is nec­es­sary to con­front the agency’s new chal­lenges, which in­clude deal­ing with in­ter­op­er­abil­ity, care trans­for­ma­tion, use of health data by con­sumers, and qual­ity and safety of care.

A col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween two non­com­pet­ing not-for-profit health plans in New York state could serve as a model

for sim­i­lar com­pa­nies seek­ing to sur­vive in in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive medium-sized mar­kets, those fa­mil­iar with the deal said. With their head­quar­ters about 300 miles apart on ei­ther end of the New York State Thruway, Al­bany-based Cap­i­tal District Physi­cians’ Health Plan, also known as CDPHP, and Buf­falo-based In­de­pen­dent Health don’t com­pete. But they of­fer sim­i­lar prod­ucts to sim­i­lar cus­tomers and are fac­ing sim­i­lar eco­nomic pres­sures. So, they have opted to pool re­sources and share think­ing on how to man­age new busi­ness re­al­i­ties.

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