Executive Director Messages / Board Guidance
Oregon Health Authority / COVID-19 Updates
OHA guidance on elective / non-urgentprocedures
Emergency Licensure by State
As I am sure you are all aware, on March 19,
2020, Governor Brown issued Executive Order
No. 20-10 which cancels,
effective March 23, 2020, all elective and non-urgent healthcare procedures
that require personal protective equipment (PPE). On March 23, 2020, Governor
Brown issued Executive Order 20-12,
directing everyone in Oregon to stay at home to the maximum extent possible and
adding to the list of businesses that will be temporarily closed to stem the
spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. OHA issued the following guidelines to aide you in implementing the Order in your practice.
The order is effective immediately, and remains
in effect until ended by the Governor.
The Board has heard from many of you asking us
for guidance on how to navigate these orders. Simply put, you want to know,
what do these orders mean for you and your practice? I appreciate your patience
as we attempt to respond to your individual inquiries, in the meantime, as of
March 24, 2020, here are some answers / guidance:
1) The Board and I can only advise licensees and
the public on the application of Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon
Administrative Rules. We cannot provide you legal advice, or advise on
2) The Governor’s
Office is not mandating clinic or practice closure at this time. Every licensee
must use their own clinical and professional judgment as to whether you are
complying with best practices for limiting the spread of COVID-19. Please read
the Executive Orders carefully.
3) Naturopathic clinics and
medical offices are considered within the health care and medical exemption of
businesses allowed to operate within closed indoor and outdoor malls.
4) Licensees must abide by the
restrictions and guidelines indicated by this and other Executive Orders and
those from the Oregon Health Authority.
Licensed Naturopathic Physicians are permitted to engage
in Telemedicine in the State of Oregon. Please see the Telemedicine
Guidelines posted on our website.
Physicians licensed in the State of Oregon do not have to establish care
through an in-person appointment prior to engaging in telemedicine.
Oregon licensees may engage in telemedicine with a new patient that they have
not previously seen in person.
licensees may only treat patients who are physically in the State of
Oregon at the time of treatment through telemedicine. Oregon
statutes and rules only regulate the practice of naturopathic medicine in the
State of Oregon.
8) If you want to treat a patient not
physically located in Oregon,
you must comply with the regulations in the
state your patient is physically located at the time of treatment.
9) The same standard of
care and charting requirements apply when engaging in telemedicine.
Please see the Boards Telemedicine Guidelines posted on our website.
10) During a state of emergency, the Oregon Board of
Naturopathic Medicine allows naturopathic physicians licensed in another state
to provide medical care in Oregon under special provisions. Out-of-state
licenses who wish to provide care in Oregon during this time must complete
this authorization application. See OAR 850-030-0055 for more information.
health officials and hospitals announced a joint statewide action plan to dramatically bolster the state’s ability to treat people
with COVID-19 illness who need care. To aid in achieving that goal, the
Board of Naturopathic Medicine is waiving restoration fees and continuing
education requirements for Oregon Inactive Licensees who wish to obtain an
active license for the duration of the State of Emergency.If you wish to
reactivate your license, please fill out the SOE Reactivation Form and email it to the Board.
Per Governor Kate
Brown’s Executive Order 20-12, the Oregon Board of Naturopathic
Medicine is closed to the public. Board staff will primarily work remotely
for the duration of the order, therefore, email is the most efficient mode of
communication at this time. We appreciate your patience.