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Governor Signs SB 856 - Updates 100+ Statutes to Include NDs

Thursday, June 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Farr
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SB 856 Becomes Law!

OANP's priority bill this session (details to your right) was signed into law this morning by Governor Brown!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The bill does not go into effect until January 2, 2018 You may not sign off on the forms or perform the services in this bill until after that date!

Government agencies also have until March 1st, 2018 to modify any rules necessary to comply with the law. OANP will be working with many agencies in the next 6 months and will roll out announcements and updates to make sure you are ready for some of the biggest changes.

SB 856 modernizes over 100 places in statute where the law has not kept up with the evolving scope of practice of naturopathic doctors.

The bill passed the Senate with broad support and passed the House of Representatives unanimously.


There were some parts of law that we weren't able to change in this omnibus because they were a little too complex. For example: medical marijuana, Death with Dignity, abortion, ability to supervise nurses, and a few more. Not to worry, we will get to all of those in due time.


Please pay attention for important updates coming from OANP in the months to come!



Some statutes the bill would update include:

  • Authorizing NDs to sign off on POLST and Advance Directive forms
  • Adding NDs to list of providers who can give birth control advice to any age, share medical information with parents, and treat minors for chemical dependency without parental consent
  • Allowing NDs to sign medical forms for students who need special education plans, and to authorize administration of medicine to students in schools
  • Adding NDs to list of who can authorize home health and hospice care
  • Adding NDs to list of providers who can offer services to, sign off on care forms, conduct child abuse medical assessments, and more for children in foster care, adoptive families, or who are wards of the state
  • Conduct medical exams of sexual assault and child abuse victims
  • Give disability ratings to veterans
  • Authorize administration of medication to students in schools
  • Participate in OHA drug treatment programs
  • Give orders for respiratory care
  • Provide healthcare services at OHSU with the same liability protection as MDs
  • Requires insurers to cover NDs who specialize in women's health if the woman wants to designate the ND as their PCP
  • Work in correctional facilities reviewing medical plans and nutrition programs

Click here for the comprehensive list of changes in SB 856

The OANP Legislative Committee reached out to over a dozen organizations to build consensus on this bill, including:

Oregon Society of Physician Assistants

Oregon Health & Sciences University

Department of Human Services

Oregon Health Authority

Department of Business & Consumer Services

Oregon Board of Pharmacy

Planned Parenthood

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association

Legislative Judiciary Committee

Oregon Office of Rural Health

Compassionate Oregon

Oregon Nurses Association

Oregon Speech Language-Hearing Association

Expanded Practice Dental Hygiene Association

Oregon Medical Association



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