Best Practice Committee

The OHLC Best Practice Committee is chartered to recommend and execute community and/or statewide evidence based best practice strategies.

These best practice strategies are aimed at improving quality, increasing value, promoting appropriate utilization and enhancing provider satisfaction. Work considered will be areas of high variation where applying evidence or best practices can support waste elimination, improve quality or reduce harm to the patient.

The Best Practice Committee is comprised of representatives from Oregon medical groups, hospitals, health systems, health plans, state agencies, and professional associations. BPC workgroups are comprised of key stakeholders and subject matter experts from these organizations.

BPC initiatives:

  • Build on best practices already existing within the health care system or being considered for implementation by health plans or health systems and have or can readily gain the broad support of providers to achieve a new community standard.
  • Achieve improved quality, increased value, appropriate utilization and enhanced provider satisfaction using evidence based best practices.
  • Clearly identify and measure outcomes.
  • Consider alternative payment methodologies or benefit designs to support implementation.
  • Report progress to the Council on a regular basis.

The Best Practice Committee works with CCOs across the state to leverage efforts that support transformation across all market segments, as well as evaluating and recommending support for other non-OHLC community and statewide efforts to accomplish the same goals.

Current Workgroups:

Substance Use Disorder

The purpose of the SUD Workgroup is to develop, align, and communicate recommendations for policies, procedures, and benefit methodology that support best practice treatment of substance use disorder in Oregon. This includes improving access to medication for addiction treatment (MAT) through education, recommendations, and benefit alignment, as well as supporting provider pain science education.

Reducing Ineffective Care

The purpose of the RIC Workgroup is to identify and implement collaborative strategies for reducing low-value healthcare services. This includes the development and dissemination of reports aimed at assessing overuse and developing recommendations for consistent payment and benefit methodology across health plans for identified low-value health care services.


The Telehealth Workgroup’s purpose is to identify, communicate, and support implementation of clinical best practice use of telehealth services. This includes determining and recommending services most appropriate for telehealth, optimizing telehealth delivery, ensuring equity in telehealth access, and developing patient-centered telehealth education.

Previous Work:

Advanced Care Planning

Opioid Prescribing Reduction

Prior Authorization – Advanced Imaging

For more information on the Best Practice Committee please email Jill Leake at [email protected]

Guidelines and Resources