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​Ra​​te Setting for Temporary Health Care Staffing Agencies


The 2023 Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2665 that creates a process to set maximum wage rates for agencies providing temporary staffing to health care facilities, to be effective by January 1, 2025. House Bill 2665 requires OHA to: 
  • Adopt rules to establish maximum rates for specific health care occupations that temporary staffing agencies can charge
  • Consult with temporary staffing agencies and long-term care, acute care, and primary care service providers in establishing maximum rates
  • Establish a process for receiving and investigating complaints, allowing civil penalties and authorizing temporary staffing agencies, as regulated by the Temporary Staffing Agency Program in the OHA Health Licensing Office, Public Health Division
  • Establish a process for temporary staffing agencies or entities that engage temporary staffing to apply for a maximum rate waiver
  • Evaluate maximum rates annually
This new law will impact temporary staff working at specific facilities and hospitals in the following roles:
  • Registered nurse
  • Licensed practical nurse
  • Certified medical assistant
  • Certified nursing assistant
  • Direct caregiver
Prior to House Bill 2665, the 2022 Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 1549 in response to sharp temporary staffing increases in health care resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the workforce shortage crisis, and other factors. Senate Bill 1549 required OHA to:
  • Issue temporary staffing agency licenses to qualified applicants and adopt rules to regulate temporary staffing agencies, which has started through the Temporary Staffing Agency Program
  • Create and submit to the legislature a report on how a temporary staffing rate setting process could work in Oregon that prioritizes compensation, quality care outcomes for consumers and fiscal viability of care providers

What’s Happening

OHA has started a planning process to collect wage information on the specific health care occupations in Oregon, conduct analysis to develop initial maximum rates, and create the annual rate setting process to be operative by January 1, 2025. OHA will consult with interested groups and conduct rulemaking in 2024. Updates will be provided on this website as they become available.

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