OANP 2019 End of Year Report
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Posted by: Carrie Baldwin-Sayre | Board President
It was been a busy but productive year here at the OANP! Our board, staff, and committees have been working hard to move forward our strategic planning efforts at all levels. We’ve put energy and time in legislatively, have worked hard to raise our profile through public relations, have been proactive in increasing our membership numbers, and are looking at new ways to reach out and support NDs around the state.
Here is a roundup of what we’ve accomplished in 2019:
Creation of Legislative Key Contacts Task Force
As part of our legislative strategic plan, we have created a group of NDs that are representing in all 90 legislative districts. This group of people have agreed to meet with their legislators a few times a year to help educate them on naturopathic medicine and our legislative issues, as well as helping during the legislative sessions. Our goal is to continue to engage, and build relationships to help our legislative efforts now and in the future. If you are interested in getting involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The OANP has worked with Professional Formulas to help create the upcoming Mentorship Program. They are supporting our community by assisting with the creation and implementation of the program. We are also working hard to create better relationships with all of the healthcare associations in the state so that we can better support each other’s efforts. We will go into more detail on this in a few minutes.
We also have some good news when it comes to Medicare. Medicare/Regence Advantage Plans and United Health will now be covering Oregon NDs as supplemental providers!
We’ve worked hard on increasing our numbers as part of our overall strategic plan, and I’m please to say that we have 398 members, up from 366 in 2017. We also have 142 student members, up from 124 in 2017, for a grand total of 531 active OANP members! We also added a new membership type, to make sure that we were supporting NDs that are in residency programs, and those that qualify receive a discounted membership dues amount of only $50 for the duration of their residency!
In 2019, OANP's legislative goal was to have health insurance pay parity mandated for NDs. We had a good head of steam in the 2019 session, passing unanimously from the senate healthcare committee, but unfortunately we were stymied by the bigger legislative issues happening concurrently, and 2 republican walkouts. Nonetheless, we made good progress, and will be starting from an advanced position when we take the issue up again in 2021.
While insurance pay parity will remain our number 1 legislative priority until it is accomplished, there are other legislation related topics we have also been working on with less fanfare.
1. ND ability to clear student athletes to return to play after a concussion.
- Law was passed in a previous session and has been waiting on a training program from OHSU to be rolled out for implementation.
- We are expecting that training program to be available for NDs by the new year.
2. Working on buprenorphine issue around ND prescribing. Buprenorphine is an opioid class drug those of us with DEA licenses are allowed to prescribe for every reason except in treating opioid addiction. While our hang-up is at the federal level, we have been working through the governor's opioid task force and state legislators to have NDs included to support state policy.
For the 30 day long, 2020 short session we will not be pursuing any specific legislative initiatives. We will be watching for anything we need to defend against.
Thank you! To everyone who joined or renewed their membership with the association, and who donated throughout the year, we appreciate each and every one of you! Your support and engagement is what keeps us moving forward as a profession, and we cannot thank you enough!