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Coverage Guidances Open for Comment


Coverage Guidance public comment process

The Health Evidence Review Commission posts draft coverage guidances and scope statements to this website for public comment as they become available.

For coverage guidances, comments will be accepted for 30 days following a draft coverage guidance's initial posting for comment, and for 21 days for any subsequent postings.

For scope statements, public comment is open for 7 days. 

Coverage Guidances for which public comment is currently being accepted

Timing of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Placement Draft Coverage Guidance6/6/2016 to 8:00 a.m. on 7/8/2016
Draft Coverage Guidance: Noninvasive Testing for Liver Fibrosis in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C 6/23/2016 to 8 a.m. 7/25/2016

Scope statements for which public comment is currently being accepted

Scope Statement-Breast Cancer Screening Above Average Risk7/1/20167/11/2016 8:00 AM
Scope Statement-Digital Breast TomosynthesisNew7/1/20167/11/2016 8:00 AM

For your comment to be accepted, it must:

  • Be submitted to HERC.Info@state.or.us by the listed deadline.
  • Contain no .zip files.
  • Include the name of the guidance in the subject line.
  • Include name, profession, professional affiliations, address, phone number and email address1.
  • Not exceed 1000 words for coverage guidances and 500 words for scope statements.
1Email addresses will not be posted publicly in meeting materials, and names can be withheld by request. Even if withheld, names may become public if disclosure is required as a part of a public records request.


  • Any submissions not adhering to the above criteria will be returned without an extension of the deadline.
  • Only one submission per person, per topic will be allowed. A separate email must be sent for each topic.
  • Comments should include a full citation to any suggested additional peer-reviewed articles (not counted towards the word limit). To ensure the suggested articles are reviewed, attach copies of the articles with your comments. If we are unable to obtain a cited article, it will not be reviewed.
  • Comments should not contain links to additional materials. These will not be reviewed.
  • Comments for scope statements should focus on correctly defining the scope and key questions for the literature search. We will not publicly review or respond to comments recommending coverage or noncoverage for a service during the scope public comment period.