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Selected3/4/20159:30AM - 12:30AM

Wilsonville Training Center
29353 SW Town Center Loop
Room 111/112
Wilsonville, OR 97070


Public Listen-in only conference Line: 1-888-363-4734
Access Code: 1050791

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Current Topics under Consideration

See Committee Charter approved September 2013 for more details. 

Projections of provider demand in Oregon as result of ACA

​Projections of provider demand in Oregon after implementation of ACA coverage expansions, with appropriate adjustments for the estimated impact of health systems transformation on workforce roles and capacity.

Business plan for student clinical placement prerequisites in Oregon

​​A business plan, developed in consultation with OHA and all relevant stakeholders, for a centralized tracking system and document repository for student clinical placement prerequisites in Oregon. The system should support the standards recommended by the Committee and approved by the Board in 2012, and related administrative rules and should be developed with consideration of the statewide credentialing database to be created in response to SB 604 (2013).

Options to increase family medicine and primary care residencies

​A policy options memo, developed in consultation with representatives from Oregon Health & Sciences University and the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest, for increasing the number of family medicine and other primary care medical residencies in Oregon. 

Health care workforce demographic and geographic profile

​A demographic and geographic profile of Oregon focused on race, ethnicity, and languages spoken, overlaid with a similar profile of Oregon’s current health care workforce.

Analysis of health care industry trends

​An analysis of health care industry trends in emerging employment categories and new workforce roles, accompanied by an audit of Oregon’s training capacity for those jobs and roles.

Report on incentive programs for underserved areas and populations

​A report on the range of incentive programs designed to encourage providers to practice in underserved areas or with underserved populations in Oregon. The report should: recommend criteria for monitoring the programs and evaluating their outcomes and effectiveness and suggest strategies for sustaining, expanding, and/or re-targeting the programs as necessary.

Past Policy Recommendations and Topics

2012 General Recommendations to the Oregon Health Policy Board

2012 General recommendations for the Oregon Health Policy Board, a report by the Healthcare Workforce Committee [revised April, 2013]   ​

Strategic plan for primary care provider recruitment (HB 2366)

​HB 2366, passed in 2011, directed the Workforce Committee to develop a strategic plan for recruiting primary care providers to Oregon.” The plan was to address best recruitment practices and existing recruitment programs, development of materials promoting Oregon as a desirable place for primary care physicians to live and work, pilot visiting programs, potential funding opportunities, and entities best suited to implement the plan. [January 2013]

Standard administrative requirements for student clinical placement in Oregon (SB 879)

​The administrative requirements that health professions students must complete before doing clinical training vary widely. The Workforce Committee initially recommended that clinical placement requirements be standardized because the inconsistencies increase students’ education expenses and create costly inefficiencies and duplication of effort for schools and clinical sites. In consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, the Committee made recommendations for standardizing the administrative prerequisites across a wide range of professions and clinical sites.  [June 2012]

Non-Traditional Health Worker Subcommittee

​A Non-Traditional Health Worker (NTHW) Subcommittee of the Healthcare Workforce Committee was established in September 2011 to advise on standards for Community Health Workers, Personal Health Navigators, and Peer Wellness Specialists that may offer services within or in conjunction with Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs), as required by HB 3650 (2011 Legislature). The Subcommittee developed functional descriptions and recommended educational and training requirements that are broad enough to encompass the potential unique needs of any CCO and meet the requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to qualify for Medical reimbursement. The Subcommittee issued its recommendations in a final report in January 2012 and was subsequently dissolved.  Work on this topic is now progressing under the auspices of the Traditional Health Worker Steering Committee and OHA’s Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Adverse Impact

​For many years, publicly-funded institutions planning to introduce new training programs or locations were subject to review to avoid detrimental duplication or an adverse impact on privately funded institutions. No such requirement applied to private institutions: they were free launch new programs without the opportunity for comment by publicly-funded programs.  In 2012, the Workforce Committee recommended leveling of the playing field by requiring all schools—public, independent and proprietary—to provide notice of intent to start a new healthcare program and to submit the same information for program approval.  Oregon’s adverse impact law was repealed altogether in 2013 by HB 3341. [June 2012]

Building a Healthcare Workforce for New Systems of Care

This report identifies and describes the professional and system-level skills and competencies that Workforce Committee members believe are most needed to support promising new models of care delivery. It also makes recommendations for how to encourage adoption of promising workforce models and develop the needed competencies among Oregon’s workforce. The report includes a synopsis of over 30 interviews with Oregon and national experts. [December 2011]

2010 General Recommendations to the Oregon Health Policy Board

​2010 general recommendations for the Oregon Health Policy Board, a report by the Healthcare Workforce Committee [ December 2010]

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