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  • Welcome to the Board of Naturopathic Medicine

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     The mission of the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine is to protect the public by licensing and regulating naturopathic physicians.  The Board will promote physician excellence and will foster communication within the profession and with the public.

    The State Board of Naturopathic Medicine, established by the 1927 Legislature, is empowered to protect the public by licensing and regulating naturopathic physicians in Oregon.

     

     

     

      

    CURRENT INFORMATION/UPDATES
     
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    PAIN MANAGEMENT
    ACUTE and CHRONIC CARE RESOURCES
    The Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (OBNM) is obligated under the laws of the State of Oregon to protect the public health and safety.  The OBNM recognizes that principles of high-quality medical practice dictate that the people of the State of Oregon have access to appropriate, safe and effective pain management. The application of up-to-date knowledge and treatment modalities can help to restore function and thus improve the quality of life of patients who suffer from pain, particularly chronic pain.  
     
    The prevalence of inadequately treated chronic pain, coupled with abuse, misuse and illegal diversion of medications used in pain management, has resulted in a complex public health crisis.  Improper use of any opioid can result in serious adverse effects including overdose and death.  Over the last decade, there has been a parallel increase in opioid sales and an increase in morbidity and mortality associated with these drugs.  Due to the complexities of treating people with chronic pain, the prescribing physician has many added responsibilities when deciding to treat people with opioid analgesic medications in chronic non cancer pain patients.  The OBNM recommends the use of community accepted prescribing guidelines and tools.
    UPDATED INFORMATION AS OF MAY 23, 2016
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    PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAM
    The tool every physician should be signed up and have accessible in practice.  READ MORE
     
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    EXAMINEE APPLICATION INFORMATION
    The next state licensing exams are August 5, 2016.  This examination date is offered to anyone taking the NPLEX exams in August or anyone who has already taken the NPLEX Part I, NPLEX Part II, and NPLEX minor surgery elective examinations and passed. 
    Application deadline: Applications must be postmarked no later than July 8, 2016.


    Click here for important Exam Information
     
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    NEW LICENSEES,  DO YOU KNOW......
    Within the first two (2) years of licensure you need to complete seven (7) hours of required pain management?  Click here to be directed to the mandatory one hour Oregon Pain Management module.
      
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    OREGON IMMUNIZATION CHANGES
    SB 132 changes the process for parent's to claim nonmedical exemption regarding vaccines.  This law took effect March 1, 2014.  Here are some links of value:
     
    Oregon Immunization Program:  www.healthoregon.org/vaccineexemption
    Immunization Law, for schools:  http://1.usa.gov/OregonSchool
      
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CONSUMER RESOURCE LICENSEE/APPLICANT RESOURCE
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This office will be closed in observance of
the following holidays:

Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016
Independence Day, Monday, July 4, 2016
Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016
Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2016
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday & Friday, November 24 & 25, 2016
Christmas Day, Monday, December 26, 2016

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 

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OBNM  2015  LICENSE  RENEWAL  INFORMATION
          License expiration date: December 31, 2015
Please remember you cannot change the status of your license online
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Here are some helpful suggestions to assure a timely renewal
 
What you will need to get to your renewal:
· Your four-digit license number (no letters, just the number) and
· Your social security number.
 
What you will need once you access your renewal:
· Information on any address changes you may have (enter changes carefully to avoid errors)
· Your CE records to enter, which must include (for an active license) 50+ hours of CE, with at least 10 hours in pharmacy and 2 in ethics.
  • · Your DEA Registration number and expiration date
· If licensed within the last two years, information on pain management education.
· If you h​old a certificate in natural childbirth, you need to fax or email a copy of a current neonatal resuscitation
              There is no inactive status for Natural Childbirth certification at this time 
 
· Answers to all history questions SINCE YOUR LAST RENEWAL
· A printer if you answered "yes" to any of the personal history question since you last renewal
 
· Your credit card, if paying online
· A printer if you are paying by check or money order, and to print a copy to keep in your record
 
If you have everything you need beforehand, it should take you no more than 20 minutes to complete the online renewal. If you are not prepared to complete it in one visit, the information you have added, will not be lost; however, do not forget that you have not completed the renewal process. A late renewal is a late renewal.
 
 
CHANGING THE STATUS OF YOUR LICENSE? You will need to contact the office. We do not have the capabilities at this time to allow you to change your license status online.
 
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Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine
FUTURE BOARD MEETINGS 
All are invited to attend the Public Session of any Board meeting.
OBNM Public meetings are scheduled for the 2nd Monday of the even–numbered month.
          
      June 13, 2016
       August 8, 2016
          October 10, 2016
             December 12, 2016
 
 
 
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The next Formulary Council meeting will be Fall 2016, exact date to be determined.

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MORE LICENSEE RESOURCE LINKS 
·         License verification request
·         Address Change Form
·         Why do charting?
·         What to do in case of a theft
·         Mandatory reporting
·         HcG and the ND responsibility