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  • Clarifying difference between HERC guidance and Board rules

    ​Per OAR 332-015-0000, Oregon’s Board of Direct Entry Midwifery (Board) “determines practice standards, education and training, and provides consultation to the Health Licensing Office on all disciplinary issues in accordance with ORS 687.405 to 687.495.” The laws and rules governing the licensees of the Board can be found here.

    The mission of the Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) is to “[review] clinical evidence in order to guide the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) in making benefit-related decisions for its health plans. Its main products are the Prioritized List of Health Services, used by the legislature to guide funding decisions for the Oregon Health Plan, and evidence-based reports on specific topics of interest to Oregon health payers and providers as well as members of the public.”

    HERC recently released coverage guidance regarding planned out-of-hospital birth, which can be found here.

    Though the Board of Direct Entry Midwifery and HERC are both under the umbrella of the Oregon Health Authority, their statutes and rules are separate.

    It should be noted that the Board’s practice standards or administrative rules differ from the coverage guidance recommended by the HERC in some areas. If a licensed direct entry midwife bills the Oregon Health Plan for a patient, generally OHA would follow HERC’s coverage guidance, not the practice standards adopted by the Board. 

    Learn more about HERC and see its laws and rules here

  • FAQ on new continuing education requirements for LDMs

    In 2014 and 2015, the Board of Direct Entry Midwifery (Board) made several amendments to continuing education requirements, including:

    • Require all licensed direct entry midwives (LDM) licensed prior to Jan. 1, 2016, to successfully complete eight hours of Group B Streptococcal (GBS) prophylaxis continuing education by their 2016 renewal. The eight hours of continuing education includes two hours in pharmacology and six hours in intravenous administration of antibiotics. Each LDM will attest to receiving the GBS continuing education and may be subject to audit requirements.

    • Require individuals licensed after Jan. 1, 2016, to successfully complete the initial legend drugs and devices continuing education totaling 48 hours, which includes administration of intravenous antibiotics for Group B Streptococcal prophylaxis.

    A letter and fact sheet regarding these changes has been sent out to all licensed direct entry midwives and should be arriving soon.

  • Board Recruitment
    The Board of Direct Entry Midwifery is recruiting for a public member. If you are interested in serving on the Board, please submit an Executive Appointments Interest Form to the Governor’s Office. Completed interest forms can be submitted by any of the following methods:
    -    Fax interest form to 503-378-0840 (secure fax);
    -    Email scanned interest form to executive.appointments@das.state.or.us; or
    -    Mail interest form to:          Office of the Governor
    Executive Appointments
    900 Court Street NE, Room 160
    Salem, OR 97301-4075

  • New rule includes discounts on midwifery license fees
    The Health Licensing Office (HLO) adopted new administrative rules for the Board of Direct Midwifery regarding discounts in licensing fees.
    As of July 1, 2015, an applicant applying for an original license totaling $800 will be granted a $350 license fee discount for a total cost for the license $450 until July 1, 2019. An application fee of $150 must be paid in order to grant the $350 license fee discount. The license fee discount is available to individuals who meet all application requirements for direct entry midwifery licensure under OAR 332-015-0030 and reside in Oregon. Only applicants who have not held a direct entry midwifery license in Oregon qualify for the
    As of July 1, 2015, an applicant applying to renew a license totaling $800 will be granted a $200 discount for a total cost for the license $600 until July 1, 2019. The license fee discount is available to individuals who meet all renewal requirements for direct entry midwifery licensure under OAR 332-020-0000 and reside in Oregon.
    If you have questions or need additional information, contact policy analyst Samie Patnode at 503-373-1917 or samie.patnode@state.or.us.
  • Upcoming HLO closures for state holidays

    Mark your calendar and note that the Health Licensing Office (and all State of Oregon agencies) will be closed on the following days:

    • Monday, Feb. 15 for Presidents' Day
    • Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day
    • Monday, July 4 for Independence Day
    • Monday, Sept. 5 for Labor Day
    • Friday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day
    • Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving
    • Monday, Dec. 26 for Christmas

    Examinations will not be offered, and licenses will not be issued on these days.

    Our regular office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Feel free to call 503-378-8667; calls will be returned the next business day. You can also email hlo.info@state.or.us.

  • Are you a traditional midwife in accordance with ORS 687.415?
    What are the exemptions under the new law?
    On January 1, 2015, new Board of Direct Entry Midwifery (Board) law (Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 687.415 goes into effect that requires persons performing midwifery duties in Oregon to be licensed by the State of Oregon unless:
    • The person is already licensed as a health care professional with midwifery duties within the scope of the license; or
    • The person is a traditional midwife.
    What are the criteria to be considered a traditional midwife?
    According to ORS 687.415 a traditional midwife:
    Cannot use legend drugs and devices which require a license in Oregon
    Cannot advertise as a midwife
    Must provide a Board approved disclosure statement to every client
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