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SB 856 Education

Thursday, March 22, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cherish Simmons
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Beth Martin | Executive Director

Senate Bill 856 has changed over 120 different statutes in the state of Oregon, and allows NDs to perform certain actions that allopathic physicians are already authorized to perform. We will be sending out these changes over the next few months to help educate the ND population.

Here are some of the changes as a result of SB 856:

Administration of Care:

  • Add clarification that "emergency and non-emergency care" means acts/procedures on person, etc., in administration of care or medications prescribed by MD/DO and adds NDs 


  • Adds NDs to providers who can NOT be contacted with patient health data from research trials.

Correctional Facilities: 

  • Adds NDs to list of providers that a correctional facility could employ to review medical plans, dietary and nutritional needs, conduct physical exams, etc.
  • Allows Corrections facility to contract with ND as well as MD/DO for medical care. Allows ND to do report, exam, etc. for purposes of conveyance/transfer of inmate. Clarifies that NDs can do assessments for inmates for labor in a forest camp.
  • Adds NDs to providers who can treat persons convicted of a sex crime in a medical treatment program. 

Jury Selection:

  • Clarifies that definition of "physician" includes NDs in determining implied bias of a "physician/patient" relationship for jury selection process.

Department of Agriculture:

  • Adds NDs to providers who may do exams for purposes of Dept. of Ag, foodhandlers, suspected of infectious or contagious diseases
  • Adds NDs to providers who may furnish health certificate to employee suspected of having communicable disease who works in food handling or refrigerated locker plant. Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Adds NDs to providers that DHS is required to provide information & education to regarding programs & accepting referrals.
  • Clarifies that DHS/OHA should provide education & consultation services to NDs treating seniors and persons with disabilities.
  • Adds NDs to providers who can provide a variety of services, reporting, sign off forms, child abuse medical assessments, etc. for children in foster care, adoptive families, who are wards of the court, etc.
  • Clarifies that NDs can conduct exam of child suspected of abuse.
  • Adds NDs to providers required to report unsanitary conditions in nursing home.

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