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 continue to send 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:
Adds NDs to list of providers that can certify that veterans meet disability requirements for tax exemptions, etc.
Adds NDs to exemptions from licensure as speech therapist/audiologist for performing audiometric testing
Adds patients in clinics of NDs to list of who can be treated by expanded practice dental hygienists &denturists. Essential as more NDs are PCPCH & in CCOs.
Adds NDs to providers who may offer family planning and birth control services, ability to recommend voluntary sterilization and/or abortion or abstain from recommending abortion reporting.
Fees and Payments:
Adds NDs to providers who can receive fees for cystic fibrosis services.
Adds NDs to providers who must inform patients of financial interest in treatment or diagnostic facility to which they refer.