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Information relating to rulemaking actions by the Health Care Regulation and Quality Improvement section can be accessed below and includes information on how a person or community affected by our regulatory functions may apply to serve on a Rule Advisory Committee (RAC). RACs are an important process that allow members of the public and communities to provide input and suggestions during the development of new rules or amending current rules.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is temporarily amending OAR 333-550-0010 relating to projects and proposals subject to Certificate of Need (CN) review. The proposed amendment specifies that changes in health services that include the transfer of health services within the same service area (as defined in OAR 333-590-0040), within the same health system, after the closure of one hospital, and that do not result in a substantial increase in services, do not meet the statutory definition for a "new hospital", and therefore, are not subject to Certificate of Need review. This amendment will allow OHA to preserve services in a community where the closure of a hospital would otherwise result in reduced access to critical specialty care.
In 2023 the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2697 which made significant changes to Oregon’s hospital staffing laws. The law requires OHA to issue rules related to the process for receiving and processing complaints under the new law. OHA is convening this RAC to provide input to the agency on Hospital Staffing administrative rules beginning with temporary rules. More information about the new hospital staffing law is at www.healthoregon.org/nursestaffing. OHA will engage in permanent rulemaking in early 2024 at which time additional RAC meetings will be convened. More information about that process will be posted here in early 2024.
11.29.2023 at 9:30 a.m. - Agenda
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