ORS 414.720¹
Public hearings
  • public involvement
  • biennial reports on health services priorities
  • funding

(1) The Health Services Commission shall conduct public hearings prior to making the report described in subsection (3) of this section. The commission shall solicit testimony and information from advocates representing seniors, persons with disabilities, mental health services consumers and low-income Oregonians, representatives of commercial carriers, representatives of small and large Oregon employers and providers of health care, including but not limited to physicians licensed to practice medicine, dentists, oral surgeons, chiropractors, naturopaths, hospitals, clinics, pharmacists, nurses and allied health professionals.

(2) The commission shall actively solicit public involvement in a community meeting process to build a consensus on the values to be used to guide health resource allocation decisions.

(3) The commission shall report to the Governor a list of health services ranked by priority, from the most important to the least important, representing the comparative benefits of each service to the entire population to be served. The list submitted by the commission pursuant to this subsection is not subject to alteration by any other state agency. The recommendation may include practice guidelines reviewed and adopted by the commission pursuant to subsection (4) of this section.

(4) In order to encourage effective and efficient medical evaluation and treatment, the commission:

(a) May include clinical practice guidelines in its prioritized list of services. The commission shall actively solicit testimony and information from the medical community and the public to build a consensus on clinical practice guidelines developed by the commission.

(b) Shall consider both the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health services in determining their relative importance using peer-reviewed medical literature as defined in ORS 743A.060 (Definition for ORS 743A.062).

(5) The commission shall make its report by July 1 of the year preceding each regular session of the Legislative Assembly and shall submit a copy of its report to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate.

(6) The commission may alter the list during interim only under the following conditions:

(a) Technical changes due to errors and omissions; and

(b) Changes due to advancements in medical technology or new data regarding health outcomes.

(7) If a service is deleted or added and no new funding is required, the commission shall report to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate. However, if a service to be added requires increased funding to avoid discontinuing another service, the commission must report to the Emergency Board to request the funding.

(8) The report listing services to be provided pursuant to ORS 414.036 (Policy on persons without access to health services), 414.042 (Determination of need for and amount of medical assistance), 414.065 (Determination of health services covered), 414.107 (Entitlement to mental health care and chemical dependency services), 414.705 (Definitions for ORS 414.705 to 414.750) to 414.725 (Prepaid managed care health services contracts) and 414.735 (Adjustment of reimbursement in event of insufficient resources) to 414.750 (Authority of Legislative Assembly to authorize services for other persons) shall remain in effect from October 1 of the odd-numbered year through September 30 of the next odd-numbered year. [1989 c.836 §4a; 1991 c.753 §6; 1991 c.916 §2a; 1993 c.754 §1; 1993 c.815 §19; 1997 c.245 §2; 2003 c.735 §10; 2003 c.810 §8]

Note: 414.720 (Public hearings) was added to and made a part of ORS chapter 414 by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 414—Medical Assistance, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors414.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 414, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­414ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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