Rules Proposed and Adopted

​​PROPOSED RULES​

  Written Comments due by November 21

MEDICAL AND OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS (MD/DO)
Volunteer Emeritus Licensure

The proposed rule amendments reference the complete list of acceptable licensing examinations or combination of examinations; allow applicants with ongoing maintenance of certification to request a SPEX/COMVEX waiver; require documents in a foreign language to be submitted with an official translation; remove references to a paper application form; revise the requirements for a photograph so that it may be submitted digitally; include fingerprints within the rule on documents to be submitted for licensure; clarify that the Board may ask for additional documents regarding information received during the processing of the application; and include the ECFMG certificate among the documents that must be sent to the Board.  

Qualifications for License by Endorsement

The proposed rule amendment clarifies that applicants who qualify for expedited endorsement must have one year of current, active, unrestricted practice in the United States or Canada immediately preceding the application for licensure.  Practice in other countries for that period will not qualify due to the differences in medical regulation and potential difficulty in obtaining documents with primary source verification from international regulatory bodies.

 
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (PA)
Supervising Physician Organizations

The proposed new rule is a collective rule for all requirements for establishing and maintaining a supervising physician organization.  The proposed rule amendments remove substantive provisions regarding supervising physician organizations from the definitions rule and the rule governing the supervising physician approval process.  

 
ACUPUNCTURISTS (LAc)
Acupuncture

The proposed rule amendments alphabetize the definitions, eliminate references to forms or printed photographs to reflect electronic submission of applications and required materials, renumber the subsections under the rule on qualifications for clarity, distinguish mentorships from clinical training by changing the terminology from “clinical supervisor” to “mentor” under the rules for demonstrating competency, and make general language and grammar housekeeping updates.  

 

PERMANENT RULES


ALL LICENSEES
Fraud or Misrepresentation

The new rule states that violations of ORS 677.190(8), providing false, misleading or deceptive information on any application, affidavit or registration for any license type or status, is grounds for a fine and possibly further disciplinary action. The rule amendments delete other references to fraud or misrepresentation within Division 8 in favor of one comprehensive rule and also delete the requirement for the applicant to submit an affidavit and affidavit fee because the attestation is now part of the electronic application process and there is no affidavit fee.  


PHYSICIANS (MD/DO/DPM)
Competency Examinations

The rule amendments clarify when an applicant may be required to demonstrate clinical competency by passing the SPEX, COMVEX or podiatry competency exam.  The rule amendments also allow applicants with ongoing maintenance of certification the ability to request a SPEX, COMVEX or podiatry competency exam waiver.

 
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (PA)
Limited License, Pending Examination

The rule amendment revises and clarifies the requirements for a physician assistant applicant to obtain a Limited License, Pending Examination.  Specifically, the rule amendment clarifies that the application is subject to the Board’s satisfaction; revises the time period from one year to six months; and clarifies that a practice agreement is required when the physician assistant begins practicing.  

 
ACUPUNCTURISTS (LAc)
Limited License, Pending Examination​

The rule amendment revises and clarifies the requirements for an acupuncturist applicant to obtain a Limited License, Pending Examination.  Specifically, the rule amendment clarifies that the application is subject to the Board’s satisfaction and revises the time period from one year to six months.  

 
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PROVIDERS (EMS)
Scope of Practice

The rule amendment expands the Emergency Medical Responder scope of practice to allow the preparation and administration of naloxone via intranasal device or auto-injector for suspected opioid overdose; clarifies that Advanced EMTs may obtain only peripheral venous blood specimens; and expands the Paramedic scope of practice to allow them to obtain peripheral arterial blood specimens.