Pay Parity Update:
Last week was ND Advocacy Week in Salem. As of this publication date, 20+ NDs headed south to meet with 27 different legislators to continue to ask for support on our pay parity bill. We are holding strong with 3 chief co-sponsors, and 18 bipartisan co-sponsors. We also had our first hearing of the session in front of the Senate Committee on Health Care, and will have more information on the outcome of this important hearing soon.
There are several bills that have made their way to the OANP that need to be vetted for potential impact. Here's where we are today, with a glimpse of some of the issues that OANP is watching on your behalf:
HB 2464: Removes naturopathic physicians from list of medical professionals who conduct medical assessments for child abuse assessments. We are tracking the progress on this bill.
HB 2090: The portion of the statute creating the "Peer Review Committee", which sets forth a process for investigative review of naturopaths under investigation, needs to be deleted. This portion of the statute has not been implemented since it was passed over 20 years ago and it is inefficient and impractical. The Board's current investigative review of disciplinary investigations is more efficient and in-line with the current processes used by similarly situated Boards. OANP submitted a letter of support and this bill passed.
HB 2722: Proposes to add NDs as provider that can prescribe medical marijuana. OANP is tracking the progress of this bill.
HB 2693: Requires health benefit plan to reimburse cost of covered telemedicine health service provided by health professional licensed or certified in this state if same health service is provided in person. OANP is tracking the progress of this bill.
HB 2694: Requires insurer that credentials one primary care provider who is part of medical group to credential all primary care providers in same medical group if they are licensed or certified and in good standing with their licensing boards. OANP is tracking the progress of this bill.
HB 2695: Requires physician assistants who practice medicine full-time to receive eight hours of supervision each month. OANP is tracking the progress of this bill.
HB 2845: Expands health benefit plan coverage of childbirth and pregnancy-related health care expenses. Specifies reimbursement of services provided by freestanding birthing centers. Requires Department of Consumer and Business Services to report to interim committees of Legislative Assembly related to health on implementation of expanded benefits. Requires that specified services related to pregnancy and childbirth be covered by state medical assistance program. Requires Oregon Health Authority to prescribe uniform payment methodology for freestanding birthing centers. OANP is working with an ND who is involved with this bill.
SB 139: Imposes restrictions and reporting requirements for utilization management of health services by commercial insurers, coordinated care organizations and state medical assistance program. OANP is part of the committee that is working on this bill with OHA.
SB 249: Specifies requirements for insurer determinations regarding requests for prior authorization for coverage of health care items, services, procedures and settings. OANP is tracking the progress of this bill.
OANP's lobbyists and volunteer leaders are doing a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes in Salem and with government regulators to balance "acute" issues that impact your practice with "long-range" issues that impact the entire profession.
If you ever have any questions about how OANP balances these two priorities, please don't hesitate to call us at 503-262-8586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.