OMA 2018 Legislative Agenda

The Oregon Medical Association represents and supports over 8,000 physicians, physician assistants, and medical students in their daily efforts to improve the health of Oregonians. Since 1874, the OMA's members have continued to work towards a healthy Oregon cared for by a vibrant medical profession. 

The Oregon Medical Association's 2018 Legislative Agenda

HB 4133 - Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee

The United States is one of the few industrialized countries in which maternal death rates are rising; in contrast, rates have dramatically decreased globally in recent years. The causes of this disparity are not well known, but are likely related to social, economic, cultural, or medical issues, or a combination of factors. To combat this trend, 34 other states have brought together local OB/GYNs, nurses, social workers, and other health experts to study the issues surrounding pregnancy-related death. It is time Oregon established its own group with the goal of learning how to make pregnancies safer and preventing these deaths at the local level. 

The OMA seeks to create a review committee:

  • Multi-disciplinary clinician review panel tasked with identifying, studying, and reviewing pregnancy-related death and severe morbidity
  • Regular reporting and dissemination of findings and recommendations for system changes to improve healthcare services for women in the state
  • Committee given the authority to access vital records, hospitalization, prenatal care records, and death certificates
  • Confidential meetings and immunity for committee members, along with witnesses or others providing information to the committee

SB 1539 - Oregon Psychiatric Access Line

Modeled after the incredibly useful OPAL-K program for children, SB 1539 would expand access for mental health care to primary care providers of adult patients. Primary care providers would have access to a psychiatric physician to collaborate on the best treatment plan for their patient. OPAL-A would improve access to mental health care, especially for patients in rural Oregon and underserved communities.  

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