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About Us
This Commission was abolished 1/1/2012
Effective January 1, 2012, the Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) replaced the Health Services Commission and the Health Resources Commission. Please use this website as a resource.

Charge to the Health Resources Commission
The Health Resources Commission was created as a component of the Oregon Health Plan to help it achieve its goal of assuring all Oregonians access to high quality, effective health care at an affordable cost, whether that care is purchased by the state or by the private sector.  The Commission’s role is to encourage the rational and appropriate allocation and use of medical technology in Oregon by informing and influencing health care decision makers through its analysis and dissemination of information concerning the effectiveness an cost of medical technologies and their impact on the health and health care of Oregonians.  Through its activities, the Commission can contribute to reducing the cost and improving the effectiveness of health care, thereby increasing the ability of public and private sources to provide more Oregonians with financial access to that care.
The Health Resources Commission is directed to:
  • Conduct the medical technology assessment program (MedTAP) it has developed which performs assessments of selected technologies, develops advisory health resources, plans that address the introduction, diffusion, distribution, and use of assessed technologies, and disseminates the assessments and associated plans to public and private health care decision makes and policy makers;
  • Serve as a statewide clearinghouse for medical technology information;
  • Monitor the use, costs and outcomes associated with selected medical technologies in Oregon, using available data;
  •  Identify information which is needed but lacking for informed decision making regarding medical technology, and fostering mechanisms to address such deficiencies;
  • Provide a public forum for discussion and development of consensus regarding significant emerging issues related to medical technology; and
  • Inform health care decision makers, including consumers, of its findings and recommendations regarding trends, developments and issues related to medical technology
In carrying out this program, the commission is encouraged to:
  • Seek the advice of the Health Services Commission, medical directors of health plans, and practicing physicians in identifying for assessment those technologies with the highest likely impact on the health and health care of Oregonians, particularly on the cost of that care;
  • Achieve an appropriate balance between the cost, access and quality of the medical technology available in Oregon, containing its costs while enhancing its quality and accessibility;
  • Develop cooperative public-private partnerships with health care providers, payers/health plans, purchasers, manufacturers and suppliers, consumer and community groups, and academic research centers, as well as with other government agencies;
  • Solicit the cooperation of health care providers and payers in the appropriate allocation and use of medical technology; and
  • Strive for scientific credibility, timeliness and responsiveness, public accountability, and independence from but collaboration with health care stakeholders and constituencies.