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Effective April 1, 2022, the Governor ended the declared emergency in Oregon that has been in place since early March 2020. Please review the Oregon Medical Board's Frequently Asked Questions with information about providers who practiced under a temporary authorization and guidance for physician assistant practice after the emergency. Please email info@omb.oregon.gov with additional questions.

The Oregon Medical Board is no longer providing temporary authorization to out of state providers. Please see the licensing webpage for Oregon licensure options. 

Visit the Board's COVID-19 Vaccination Information page for more details about vaccine distribution in Oregon.

NEW: Paxlovid Eligibility and Effectiveness Information Sheet
Vaccination Requirements for Health Care Providers and Health Care Staff
Temporary Rule: Hopsital Triage Decision Making Requirements
Oregon Interim Crisis Care Tool
Masking Requirements to Control COVID-19 in Health Care Settings
Guidance During COVID-19
COVID-19 Emergency Response Opportunities

Acupuncture Information

Oregon COVID-19 Webinars & Trainings

Telemedicine

Public Health Reporting

AMA: Ethical Obligations of Physicians

Additional Resources


U.S. Deptartment of Health and Human Services: Paxlovid Eligibility and Effectiveness Information Sheet

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released an information sheet that includes detailed information about Paxlovid's eligibility and effectiveness. This information is intended to help medical professionals address questions they or their patients may have about Paxlovid and its effectiveness.

Click here to read the information sheet


Vaccination Requirements for Health Care Providers and Health Care Staff

To prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19, all Oregon health care providers and health care staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or request an exemption. The regulations are administered and enforced by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), please review the OHA's rule OAR 333-019-1010 and OHA's Health Care Provider and Health Care Staff Vaccine Rule FAQs. Questions may be directed to the Oregon Health Authority at COVID.19@dhsoha.state.or.us.

The Oregon Medical Board adopted OAR 847-010-0069 to require OMB licensees to comply with the OHA’s rules requiring masking and vaccination to control COVID-19 in health care setting. If the OHA updates their related rules, the OMB will update this rule.

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Hospital Requirements When Making Decisions About Allocation of Care During Constrained Periods

To address the surging rates of hospitalization, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has issued temporary administrative rule OAR 333-505-0035, which requires that when a hospital is experiencing a resource constrained period and has to make triage decisions for patient care, it must do the following:

  • Provide notice to OHA that it is making triage decisions.
  • Inform the public by, at a minimum, posting information on its website and at the hospital in conspicuous locations that triage decisions are being made.
  • Make available upon request the triage decision-making tool, protocol, or standard that the hospital is using to make triage decisions.
  • Communicate a triage decision to a patient, their support person, or the individual legally authorized to act on behalf of the patient in a language they understand and in a culturally responsive manner to the extent possible given the emergency, including how the triage decision was made.
  • Document specific information for each patient undergoing consideration and triage for scarce resource allocation.
  • Provide patients information about how to contact the hospital's Americans with Disability Act coordinator or patient advocate.
  • Provide the documentation of triage decision to OHA upon request. 

This temporary rule is effective January 17, 2022 through July 15, 2022.

For more details, please see the Temporary Administrative Order, including the Statement of Need and Justification and the full text of the temporary rule. This information can also be found at healthoregon.org/hcrqirules or healthoregon.org/hflc


Oregon Interim Crisis Care Tool

The OHA has created an interim crisis care tool to help hospitals prioritize treatment if they reach a point when critical care beds and specialized equipment, such as ventilators and other resources, become scarce due to surging COVID-19 admissions.

Oregon hospitals may activate crisis standards of care if their critical care resources are severely limited, the number of patients presenting for critical care exceeds capacity, and there is no option to transfer patients to other critical care facilities.

Hospitals may implement OHA's interim crisis care tool – or one of their own that is consistent with Oregon's Principles in Promoting Health Equity in Resource Constrained Events – if they have taken specific steps to extend their capacity to deliver care. Those steps include stockpiling supplies, delaying non-urgent care, and repurposing existing beds and staff that are not typically used to provide critical care.

Click here to access the interim crisis care tool.


Guidance During COVID-19

Please review the Oregon Health Authority's guidance for details and updated information on the OHA's COVID-19 Healthcare Partner Resources webpage.

Please note the Oregon Medical Board is unable to provide guidance regarding Executive Orders or OHA direction. Please send all questions to the OHA at COVID.19@dhsoha.state.or.us

What will the Board do if a patient complains about my decision? The Oregon Medical Board understands the complexity of providing care during the COVID-19 outbreak. In evaluating any complaints filed against a licensee for care that was delivered during this period, the Board will look to all of the circumstances to determine whether the physician or physician assistant met the standard of care relevant to the current environment as outlined in ORS 677.095(1).

What will the Board do if a licensee does not follow precautions set out by the Governor's Executive Order and the Oregon Health Authority? Noncompliance with Executive Orders and applicable Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidance may result in disciplinary action by the Oregon Medical Board. Unprofessional conduct in ORS 677.190 as defined in ORS 677.188 includes, but is not limited to, conduct that does or might endanger the health or safety of the public. This includes failure to comply with an Executive Order issued by the Governor or failure to comply with state agency guidance applicable to the time and location where the licensee practices medicine. 

The Board adopted OAR 847-010-0068(5) to reiterate and clarify that during a declared emergency, all board licensees are expected, in connection with the practice of medicine, to fully comply with Executive Orders and statewide guidance implementing the Executive Orders when the Order or guidance documents in whole or in part address or affect the delivery of health care to Oregon patients. 

Questions regarding the OHA guidance may be directed to the OHA at covid.19@dhsoha.state.or.us.

FSMB Statement on Wearing Face Coverings During Patient Care: The Federation of State Medical Boards' Board of Directors released the following statement in response to reports from a number of state medical boards of complaints they are receiving about physicians and physician assistants failing to wear face coverings during patient care: 

“Wearing a face covering is a harm-reduction strategy to help limit the spread of COVID-19, especially since physical distancing is not possible in health care settings. When seeing patients during in-person clinical encounters, physicians and physician assistants have a professional responsibility to wear a facial covering for their own protection, as well as that of their patients and society as a whole."


Emergency Response Volunteer Opportunities (SERV-OR)

The State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon (SERV-OR) is a statewide pool of licensed physicians, nurses, pharmacists, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), behavioral health providers, respiratory therapists and other health professionals who are willing to volunteer in response to Federal, State, and/or local emergencies.

How can you help? There are several ways to help, depending on the need. You may be asked to:

  • Staff an alternate care site to decrease pressure on hospitals
  • Operate a health information hotline
  • Help with contact investigation around known COVID-19 cases
  • Support administrative or logistical needs within the OHA Agency Operations Center
  • Lend your skills in a wide variety of other volunteer roles

For more information, visit the SERV-OR website or the OMB’s Volunteer for Public Emergencies page. To register with SERV-OR, click here. If you have questions or need technical assistance, contact SERV.OR@dhsoha.state.or.us.


Acupuncture Information

Please review the Oregon Health Authority's guidance for details and updated information on the OHA's COVID-19 Healthcare Partner Resources webpage. Questions regarding these guidelines may be directed to the OHA at covid.19@dhsoha.state.or.us.


Oregon COVID-19 Webinars & Trainings

  • Disaster Behavioral Health Online Trainings for Health Care Professionals & First Responders, offered by OHA. Click here for the training schedule and to register. 
  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center: videos and resources for treating suicidal patients during COVID-19.

Telemedicine Information

For more information regarding telemedicine rules and licensure qualificiatons in Oregon, please visit the OMB's Telemedicine Topic of Interest page.

On December 3, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a 4th amendment to the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to increase access to critical countermeasures against COVID-19. The amendment authorizes health care personnel who are permitted to order and administer a Covered Countermeasure (defined in the PREP Act) through telehealth in a state may do so for patients in another state so long as the health care personnel comply with the legal requirements of the state in which the health care personnel are permitted to order and administer the Covered Countermeasure by means of telehealth.


Public Health Reporting

OHA has adopted rules to add COVID-19 to the list of diseases reportable to public health authorities within 24 hours (see OAR 333-018-0016). OHA also adopted temporary rules related to REALD data reporting. More information is available in OAR 333-018-0011 and the Board's REALD Data webpage.

Licensees with COVID-19 exposure questions or concerns should contact the OHA Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section at 971-673-1111.


AMA: Ethical Obligation of Physicians

From OMB Medical Director Dr. David Farris: Do OMB licensees have an ethical obligation to be involved in the COVID-19 pandemic? The American Medical Association says yes. Click here to read why.

Additional Resources


Online COVID-19 Testing Site Locator - The Oregon Health Authority has launched an online COIVD-19 test site locator to help Oregonians across the state find testing sites in their community. The interactive map is available in both English and Spanish, as well as several other languages. Oregon's testing guidance encourages testing for anyone with symptoms in consultation with a health care provider.

Free UpToDate COVID-19 Content:

Information for OMB Licensees Dispensing COVID-19 Therapeutics