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Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee to meet January 25 in Portland - 01/17/18

January 17, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee

When: Thursday, January 25, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1C. Please note that space is limited. Those interested in participating via conference call should contact Tara Weston before the meeting at 971-673-1047 to obtain call-in information.

Who: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee is appointed by the Governor. It members come from private organizations and state agencies dedicated to the reduction of tobacco's harmful impact on Oregonians.

Agenda: Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) budget implementation; Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act; Tobacco 21; legislative efforts.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use OHA programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written material in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Sarah Barnard at 971-673-1347, 711 TTY or sarah.barnard@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee Meets January 24 by webinar - 01/17/18

January 17, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Accountability Metrics Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Approve January 3 meeting minutes; discuss the oral health accountability metric; provide input for the public health accountability metrics report, recommend benchmarks for accountability metrics and process measures.

When: Wednesday, January 24, 1-2 p.m. The public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: By webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5150607625475124481. A conference call line is available at 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develops recommendations about public health quality measures for consideration by the board.

For more information, see the board's web page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/About/Pages/ophab.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written materials in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact: Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, or sara.beaudrault@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

OHA seeks applications for Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee - 01/17/18

January 17, 2018

The Oral Health Program at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is calling for applications to an advisory committee overseeing one of the program's dental pilot projects.

Applications are being accepted for the Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee for Dental Pilot Project #200, which will train expanded practice dental hygienists (EPDHs) and demonstrate that EPDHs can successfully place "interim therapeutic restorations" (ITRs) when directed to do so by a collaborating dentist. The ITR is an interim restoration designed to stop the progression of dental caries until the patient can receive treatment for that tooth by a dentist.

The Community Dentistry Program at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry has partnered with Capitol Dental Care and University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry on this project. Led by an EPDH, Capitol Dental Care will use telehealth-connected oral health teams to reach children who have not been receiving dental care on a regular basis. Capitol Dental will provide community-based dental diagnostic, prevention and early intervention services, including ITR placement when indicated by the supervising dentist.

The application for the Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee is available on the OHA website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREVENTIONWELLNESS/ORALHEALTH/DENTALPILOTPROJECTS/Documents/AdvisoryCommitteeApplication.pdf. Interested persons should submit a completed application, along with a copy of a current resumé or curriculum vitae, to Sarah Kowalski, Dental Pilot Project coordinator, at sarah.e.kowalski@state.or.us. The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2018.

For more information, contact Kowalski by email, or at 971-673-1563, or visit the OHA dental pilot project website at http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/PH/PreventionWellness/oralhealth/dentalpilotprojects/.

The goal of the Dental Pilot Project Program is to encourage the development of innovative practices in oral health care delivery systems with a focus on providing care to populations that evidence-based studies have shown have the highest disease rates and the least access to dental care.

The Oral Health Program is located in the Center for Prevention and Health Promotion within the Public Health Division under the Oregon Health Authority.

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Conference of Local Health Officials meets January 18 in Portland - 01/16/18

January 16, 2018

What: The monthly public meeting of the Conference of Local Health Officials (CLHO)

Agenda: Committee appointments; review of communicable disease, tuberculosis; HIV case management, sexually transmitted diseases, and immunizations program elements; discussion of public health funding principles; update on OHA cost allocation changes; update on new expenditure reporting form for local public health administrators.

When: Thursday, January 18, 9:30-11:35 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. No conference call option is available for the public.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon Street, Room 1D, Portland

The Conference of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the foundational capabilities and programs, and any other public health program or activity, under ORS 431.147. (ORS 431.340)

Program contact: Danna Drum, 971-673-1223, danna.k.drum@state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sing language and spoken language interpreters
· Written materials in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Danna Drum at 971-673-1223, 711 TTY or danna.k.drum@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Public Health Advisory Board meets January 18 in Portland - 01/16/18

January 16, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Review 2018 Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB) work plan; receive subcommittee updates; make recommendations about public health accountability measures; review the public health modernization evaluation plan; discuss progress toward Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan objectives related to obesity and substance use.

When: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2-5 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. A public comment period will be held at the end of the meeting.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1D, Portland. The meeting also is available remotely by webinar at https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/4888122320415752707, or by telephone at 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. For more information, see the board's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/About/Pages/ophab.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
* Sign language and spoken language interpreters
* Written materials in other languages
* Braille
* Large print
* Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Cara Biddlecom at 971-673-2284, 711 TTY or cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet January 19 in Wilsonville - 01/16/18

January 16, 2018

Contact: Heather Johnson, 503-508-8276, heather.n.johnson@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee

When: Friday, January 19, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 9:15 a.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Attendees can also follow the presentation by webinar and listen to discussion by phone. Register for the webinar at https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/7438627555801803523. Conference line: 888-204-5984, participant code 1277-166. Phone will be unmuted during public testimony.

Agenda: Welcome, consent agenda and updates; public testimony; update on CCO 2.0; overview of CCO and other relevant accountability measure sets; OHA structure and metrics support 101; discussion about role of committee.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/hpa/analytics/Pages/Metrics-Scoring-Committee.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
* Sign language and spoken language interpreters
* Written materials in other languages
* Braille
* Large print
* Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Heather Johnson at 503-508-8276, 711 TTY, heather.n.johnson@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon EMS Committee meets January 19 - 01/16/18

January 16, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Oregon EMS Committee. Agenda items include: vote for chair and vice chair; case presentation; Oregon EMS Information System presentation.

When: Friday, Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1B, Portland. The meeting also is accessible via webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/207329797937521155

Who: The EMS Committee is established under ORS 682 for achieving continuous improvement in the quality of EMS care in Oregon. The committee is made of 18 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Meeting contact: Stella Rausch-Scott, 971-673-1322, stella.m.rausch-scott@state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use OHA programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written material in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Stella Rausch-Scott at 971-673-1322, 711 TTY or stella.m.rausch-scott@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon Trauma Advisory Board meets January 19 - 01/16/18

January 16, 2018


What: A public meeting of the Oregon State Trauma Advisory Board (STAB)

When: Friday, Jan. 19, 1-4:30 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building 800 NE Oregon Street, Room 1B, Portland. The meeting also is accessible via webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5584360571692535555

Who: The STAB is established under ORS 431 for achieving continuous improvement in the quality of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) care in Oregon. The committee is made of 18 members appointed by the Director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Details: Agenda items include vote for vice chair; case presentation; discussion of Oregon Stop the Bleed program.

Meeting contact: Stella Rausch-Scott, 971-673-1322 or stella.m.rausch-scott@state.or.us.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use OHA programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written material in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Stella Rausch-Scott at 971-673-1322, 711 TTY or stella.m.rausch-scott@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon State Stroke Care Committee meets January 18 - 01/12/18

January 12, 2018

What: The Oregon Stroke Care Committee (SCC) is holding a public meeting.

Agenda: Review bylaws; provide stroke rehabilitation workgroup update; discuss SCC next steps.

When: Thursday, Jan. 18, 7-8:30 a.m.

Where: Legacy Emanuel 2801 N Gantenbein Ave., East Wing, Conference Room 1003, Portland. The meeting also is accessible via webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1540572309010938627

Who: The Oregon Stroke Care Committee is established under ORS 431.673 for the purpose of achieving continuous improvement in the quality of stroke care in Oregon. The committee is made of 10 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Contact: Stella Rausch-Scott, committee coordinator, OHA Public Health Division, at 971-673-1322.

Everyone has a right to know about and use OHA programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
--Sign language and spoken language interpreters
--Written material in other languages
--Braille
--Large print
--Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Stella Rausch-Scott at 971-673-1322, 711 TTY or Stella.M.Rausch-Scott@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon Area Trauma Advisory Board, Region 2, meets January 18 - 01/12/18

January 12, 2018

What: The Oregon Area Trauma Advisory Board (ATAB), Region 2, is holding a public meeting.

Agenda: Review trauma data; discuss Oregon Stop the Bleed program.

When: Thursday, Jan. 18 from 7-9 p.m.

Where: Salem Hospital, 890 Oak St. SE, Building A, Creekside Room, Salem

Who: The ATAB is established under ORS 431 for achieving continuous improvement in the quality of trauma care in Oregon. The committee is made of 17 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Contact: Stella Rausch-Scott, committee coordinator, OHA Public Health Division, at 971-673-1322.

Everyone has a right to know about and use OHA programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
--Sign language and spoken language interpreters
--Written material in other languages
--Braille
--Large print
--Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Stella Rausch-Scott at 971-673-1322, 711 TTY or Stella.M.Rausch-Scott@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Annual Oregon Health Policy Board Retreat held January 16 in Portland - 01/12/18

January 12, 2018

What: The annual retreat of the Oregon Health Policy Board

When: Tuesday, January 16, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway room 238 Portland, OR. Members of the public can call in to listen by dialing 888-808-6929, participant code 915042# or by joining the livestream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/psu-live-a.

Agenda: welcome; OHA Director's report; retreat vision and goals; summative waiver evaluation presentation; sustainable cost growth discussion; paying for value discussion; public comment, social determinants & equity discussion; behavioral health discussion; high cost drugs committee charter review; healthcare workforce committee membership review; healthcare workforce committee needs assessment review; summary and next steps. For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page: http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/OHPB/Pages/OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
--Sign language and spoken language interpreters
--Written materials in other languages
--Braille
--Large print
--Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Jeff Scroggin at 541-999-6983, 711 TTY, jeffrey.scroggin@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board to meet January 18 in Salem - 01/12/18

January 12, 2018

What: Public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board

When: Thursday, January 18, 1-3:30 p.m.

Where: Oregon State Hospital, 2600 Center St. NE, Salem, in the Callan Conference Room. The public can also attend via toll-free conference line at 1-888-278-0296, participant code 4294893.

Agenda: Topics will include public comment, community integration issues, chair/vice chair elections, grievance procedure process improvement, the annual Legislative report, and updates on the following: .370 status, Superintendent recruitment, hiring of a diversity manager, ligature mitigation project, establishing bylaws and discharge work groups, Patient Advisory Council and data report.

Details: The Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board advises the superintendent, Oregon Health Authority director and legislators on issues related to the safety, security and care of patients. Members include consumers, providers, advocates, legislators, community members, consumer families and OSH union members.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations, call Oregon State Hospital at 503-945-2864 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For more information, see the board's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/osh/Pages/advisory-board.aspx.

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MEDIA AVAILABILITY TODAY (Jan. 12, 2018)--OHA, OHSU infectious disease physicians provide update on flu season - 01/12/18

January 12, 2018

What: Physicians from the OHA Public Health Division and OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital will be available to discuss the 2017-2018 flu season, including data, vaccinations and other prevention steps.

When: 10:30-11:30 a.m. TODAY (Friday, Jan. 12)

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1B (main floor). A video recording will be posted after the media availability on the Oregon Public Health Division YouTube page, https://www.youtube.com/user/healthoregon.

Who: Richard Leman, M.D.
Medical Epidemiologist
Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section
OHA Public Health Division

Dawn Nolt, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Infectious Diseases
OHSU School of Medicine
OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital

For more flu info:
-- OHA "Preventing the Flu":http://flu.oregon.gov/
--OHSU Doernbecher Seasonal Flu Guide for Parents:https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.ohsu.edu_xd_health_services_doernbecher_seasonal-2Dand-2Dnovel-2Dh1n1-2Dflu.cfm&d=DwMGaQ&c=7gilq_oJKU2hnacFUWFTuYqjMQ111TRstgx6WoATdXo&r=uSrcqmNyYd0nGhrYEVYTo3FFRFP8-HvxTO3cncMRpppbv4-8b0CKgX1GC4LjODbz&m=oK9NkY3C3vtkqfbD03YT3vnHbr75dmlNuCCe2wY-U64&s=rMsmyQC-hCJKfG917YIJ9wsy9am05b1Gri65niGxPtc&e=
--CDC Influenza page:https://www.cdc.gov/flu/

Resending: State approves nursing facility project in Portland - 01/10/18

Resending: This notice was inadvertently sent a day early, on Jan. 9.

January 10, 2018

The Oregon Health Authority's Certificate of Need Program issued a proposed order today to PAA LTC Properties, LLC, for development of a new 18-bed wing addition to Marquis Mill Park.

Marquis Mill Park is operated by Marquis Companies I, Inc. through a long-term operational lease agreement. This project involves relocating 18 nursing facility beds from Marquis Tabor to Marquis Mill Park. Marquis Tabor has 120 licensed beds and this project will result in it reducing its licensed capacity to 102 beds, while Marquis Mill Park will expand its licensed bed capacity from 54 to 72 beds.

Marquis Tabor is located at 6040 SE Belmont St.; Marquis Mill Park is located at 1475 SE 100th Ave., both in Portland.

The order issued today is a proposed order. Any affected party who takes exception to the proposed order may ask the OHA Public Health Division to hold an informal hearing. If no request for a hearing is received by Jan. 22, the proposed order will automatically become final.

For more information about this project, contact Jana Fussell, certificate of need coordinator, at the OHA Public Health Division, 971-673-1108.

Under state certificate of need law, PAA LTC Properties, LLC, was required to seek state approval of this project because it involves the relocation of nursing facility beds. The purpose of the law is to see that health services are adequately distributed in the state without unnecessary duplication of services or excessive cost to patients.

This proposed order grants the provider permission to proceed with the project as submitted. This project will be subject to further review for any changes to the physical plant, for state licensure, and for federal certification for Medicare and Medicaid if requested.

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Oregon Area Trauma Advisory Board Region 7 meets January 10 in Bend - 01/09/18

January 9, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Area Trauma Advisory Board (ATAB), Region 7

Agenda includes: Review of trauma data, discussion of Oregon Stop the Bleed program

When: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 6-9 p.m.

Where: St. Charles Medical Center, 2500 NE Neff Road, Conference Room A-B, Bend.

Who: The ATAB is established under ORS 431 for achieving continuous improvement in the quality of trauma care in Oregon. The committee is made of 17 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Contact: Stella Rausch-Scott, committee coordinator, OHA Public Health Division, at 971-673-1322.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use OHA programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written material in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Stella Rausch-Scott at 971-673-1322, 711 TTY or stella.m.rausch-scott@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Hospital Metrics Technical Advisory Group to meet January 9 in Portland - 01/04/18

January 4, 2018

Contact: Jonathan McElfresh, 503-385-3075, jonathan.p.mcelfresh@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Hospital Metrics Technical Advisory Group

When: Tuesday, January 9 at 10 a.m.

Where: Oregon Health Authority Lincoln Building, 421 SW Oak St., Suite 850, Mary Conference Room, Portland

The public can also join through a listen-only conference line at 817-810-9415, participant code 1773452.

For more information, an agenda and meeting packet, visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/Hospital-Metrics-Technical-Advisory-Group.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
*    Sign language and spoken language interpreters
*    Written materials in other languages
*    Braille
*    Large print
*    Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Jon McElfresh at 503-385-3075, 711 TTY or jonathan.p.mcelfresh@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


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Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets January 3 by webinar - 01/02/18

Jan. 2, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Accountability Metrics Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Approve November meeting minutes; discuss process measures for effective contraceptive use; provide input for the development of the public health accountability metrics report; hear about Oregon Health Authority's priorities for oral health.

When: Wednesday, January 3, 9-11 a.m. The public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: By webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5150607625475124481. Conference call line provided: 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develops recommendations about public health quality measures for consideration by the Public Health Advisory Board.

Links:
Public Health Advisory Board: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/About/Pages/ophab.aspx

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written materials in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact: Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, or sara.beaudrault@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Advisory Commission Clinical Review Subcommittee meets January 8 - 01/02/18

Jan. 2, 2018

What: The first public meeting of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Advisory Commission Clinical Review Subcommittee

Agenda: Review statute creating and directing the subcommittee; review and discuss draft charter; review and discuss prescription data with PDMP staff; make recommendations and assignments

When: Monday, Jan. 8, 2-4 p.m. A public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 918 (ninth floor), Portland

Background: Oregon HB 3440, passed in 2017, requires that the Oregon Health Authority, in conjunction with the PDMP Advisory Commission, establish a clinical review subcommittee to identify practitioners who are prescribing high amounts of opioids based on agreed-upon practice standards such as the Oregon Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for chronic pain. These providers are to receive education or training related to pain management and appropriate opioid prescribing.

Program contact: Drew Simpson, 971-673-1033, drew.r.simpson@state.or.us

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Links:
· PDMP Advisory Commission: http://www.orpdmp.com/advisory-board/
· Oregon Opioid Prescribing Guidelines: http://www.oregon.gov/obnm/rules/opioidprescribingguidelines.pdf

Everyone has a right to know about and use the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written material in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Drew Simpson, 971-673-1033; drew.r.simpson@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Oregon Health Authority announces new chief medical officer (Photo) - 01/02/18

January 2, 2018

Dana Hargunani, MD, MPH, will become OHA's chief medical officer effective Jan. 16.

Hargunani brings 16 years of experience as a pediatrician and public health professional to the position. She is recognized by colleagues as a respected leader who is passionate about designing and implementing innovative strategies for improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities.

In her new position, Hargunani will use her medical experience to help inform health care policy and strategy for OHA.

"I am happy to have Dana join us," said Patrick Allen, Director of the Oregon Health Authority. "She brings a wealth of experience to help us with continued health care transformation in Oregon."

She comes to OHA from Saltbox Health Strategies, where she works as a health policy consultant. Prior to Saltbox, she was chief executive officer for the Oregon Public Health Institute, and assistant professor of pediatrics and chief resident of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University. She will continue to work part-time as a pediatrician at the Children's Community Clinic.

This will be Hargunani's second stint at OHA. From October 2011 to July 2015 she served as the agency's child health director.

In her previous tenure at OHA, Hargunani led policy development pertaining to youth and children. She informed the development and implementation of OHA's coordinated care model and served as an advisor to Oregon's Patient-Centered Primary Care Home Program and the state's health quality metrics.

Hargunani earned her Bachelor of Arts in molecular biology at Princeton University, her Doctor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and her Master of Public Health at Portland State University.

Hargunani succeeds Jim Rickards, MD, who left OHA in June.

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Resending: Enforcement starts January 1 for law raising tobacco purchase age to 21 - 12/28/17

*Resending to correct Oregon State Police*

December 27, 2017

SB 754, known as Tobacco 21, was passed by Oregon Legislature in 2017

PORTLAND, Ore.--Oregon will soon start enforcing a new law that raised the required minimum age to legally buy or obtain tobacco products from 18 to 21.

SB 754, known as Tobacco 21, has been in effect since Gov. Kate Brown signed it into law Aug. 9, 2017, with enforcement and fines beginning Jan. 1, 2018.
Oregon is the fifth state to increase the age to purchase tobacco, after California, Hawaii, Maine and New Jersey.

Under the new law, retailers can no longer sell tobacco products or inhalant delivery systems, such as a pipe or vaporizing device, to people younger than 21. Violations of the law are punishable by a fine of $50 for employees, $250 for store managers and $500 for store owners; for managers and owners, the fines double by the third offense.

OHA's Public Health Division is authorized to enforce the minimum age of tobacco sales law and coordinates with the Oregon State Police to conduct state-sponsored compliance inspections.

Katrina Hedberg, MD, Oregon's state health officer and epidemiologist based at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, said raising the minimum age for buying tobacco products and inhalant delivery systems is proven to reduce youth initiation of tobacco use. She noted nine of 10 adults report they started smoking before they were 19, and nearly 100 percent start before age 26.

"The earlier kids start using tobacco, the more at risk they are for becoming addicted to tobacco and developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, asthma and cancer," Hedberg said. "Raising the legal sale age for tobacco products to 21 can reduce smoking rates and reduce tobacco-related deaths."

Help is available for anyone in Oregon ready to quit tobacco. Call Oregon's toll-free Quit Line at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) or, for Spanish, 855-DEJELO-YA (855-335356-92), or visit https://www.quitnow.net/oregon or in Spanish, https://www.quitnow.net/oregonsp.

People who see a retailer selling tobacco products or inhalant delivery systems to someone younger than 21 can report the violation with the business name, address and other information to Tobacco.Inspections@state.or.us.

Learn more about Tobacco 21 at http://www.HealthOregon.org/tobaccoretailsales. A YouTube video about the new law is available at https://youtu.be/BmrwMUeSvss.
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Public Health Advisory Board Incentives and Funding Subcommittee meets Jan. 8 by webinar - 12/28/17

December 22, 2017

What: The Incentives and Funding Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board is holding a public meeting.

Agenda: Discuss key tasks for the subcommittee in 2018; discuss principles for public health funding; identify updates needed to public health modernization funding formula.

When: Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, 1-2 pm. The public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: By webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1017967828287751171. A conference call line is also provided at 1-877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Background: Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Incentives and Funding Subcommittee develops recommendations for the board's consideration.

Program contact: Sara Beaudrault, 971-645-5766; sara.beaudrault@state.or.us

Everyone has a right to know about and use the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
--Sign language and spoken language interpreters
--Written material in other languages
--Braille
--Large print
--Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Sara Beaudrault at (971) 645-5766, 711 TTY or sara.beaudrault@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Law allowing notarized application to change sex or name on birth certificate takes effect Jan. 1 - 12/28/17

December 28, 2017

HB 2673 lets people affirm gender identity without court order

PORTLAND, Ore.--Starting Jan. 1, people born in Oregon will be able to affirm their gender identity on a birth certificate by completing a notarized application rather than having to get a court order.

The state Vital Records office, based at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, is preparing for the implementation of House Bill 2673, which allows any individual to request a name change and/or sex designation change on a birth certificate that accurately reflects their gender identity. Prior to HB 2673's passage in 2017, a court order indicating that an individual has completed sexual reassignment was required to change the sex designation on an Oregon birth certificate.

Under HB 2673, a name or sex designation change on a birth certificate can be requested by an individual 18 or older, or an emancipated minor; a parent or legal guardian if the registrant is younger than 18; or a legal representative of a registrant, parent or legal guardian. Individuals who previously changed their name but have not changed their sex on their birth certificate can do so using this administrative process.

Those choosing to change their sex designation to non-binary will be able to add "X" to their birth certificate, rather than "M" for male or "F" for female.

"HB 2673 ensures any individual can request a name change and sex designation change on a birth certificate that accurately reflects their gender identity," said Jennifer Woodward, PhD, state registrar and manager of the Vital Records office, also known as the Center for Health Statistics (CHS).

Amending a birth certificate requires a $35 amendment fee, although that doesn't include the cost of the certificate, which are $25 each for a short-form version and $30 each for the long-form version. New birth records will be provided within seven to 10 working days after the notarized application and fees have been submitted and new birth certificate has been ordered. Applicants will receive a new certified copy of the record of live birth for the registrant (if ordered); a copy of the application form requesting the change; and correspondence from the State Registrar on the final decision.

Applications can be submitted by mail or in person at 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 225, Portland, OR 97232.

Woodward said CHS has been busy training its staff on the new law, updating the application form for changing the name and sex on a birth certificate, and developing a new website, http://healthoregon.org/hb2673, which has all the forms and frequently asked questions. It also has been getting the word out about the law with help from partner organizations such as Basic Rights Oregon, including sharing the FAQs to help guide eligible individuals through the application process.

"We are ready to begin processing applications starting Jan. 2," Woodward said, noting that although HB 2673 becomes effective Jan. 1, the state Vital Records office is closed New Year's Day, a state holiday.

More information:
--OHA YouTube video: https://youtu.be/OWBgiwR5yww
--HB 2673 on the Oregon Legislature website: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2673/Enrolled
--Final Vital Records rules for implementing HB 2673: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/BIRTHDEATHCERTIFICATES/Documents/OAR-333-011-eff-01-2018.pdf
--Application to change name and/or sex on birth certificate: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/BIRTHDEATHCERTIFICATES/CHANGEVITALRECORDS/Documents/OHA-2673.pdf
--Frequently asked questions: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/BIRTHDEATHCERTIFICATES/CHANGEVITALRECORDS/Documents/OHA-2673.pdf

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FamilyCare Health agrees to stay in business until January 31 - 12/21/17

December 21, 2017

Oregon's second largest Medicaid provider has agreed in principle to an Oregon Health Authority (OHA) proposal to continue serving its Medicaid members until January 31, 2018.

FamilyCare Health had notified the Oregon Health Authority last week that it would close its doors effective December 31.

Since then OHA Director Patrick Allen has been meeting with FamilyCare CEO Jeff Heatherington to try to find a solution that would allow the company to stay in business, or to reach an agreement to help OHA with an orderly transition of its 113,000 members to other coordinated care organizations (CCOs).

Thursday afternoon Heatherington accepted OHA's proposal to continue doing business until January 31, 2018, with OHA paying FamilyCare the 2018 capitation rates that were announced in early November. These rates were found to be actuarially sound by two independent reviews.

OHA has also agreed to pay FamilyCare a $5 million fee to help with transition costs during January.

"We are pleased that FamilyCare has agreed to continue serving vulnerable Oregonians for another 30 days," said director Allen. "This will give us more time to transition these members into other coordinated care organizations to ensure that they can continue to see their providers and continue to receive the care they need."

FamilyCare's closure does not affect members' OHP coverage. Their benefits remain in place. OHA's first priority is to ensure OHP members' care and access to medications and treatments are not interrupted.

OHA has begun transferring FamilyCare members to Willamette Valley Community Health, Health Share of Oregon, or Yamhill Community Care. This transition should be completed by February 1.

FamilyCare members with questions can call the Oregon Health Plan Client Services line at 800-273-0557.

OHA Director Patrick Allen will be available to answer media questions at 4 p.m. in the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 137 D, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. Reporters who want to join by phone can call 888-273-3658, access code 6925414.

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Links

2018 capitation rates: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ERD/Pages/OHAReleases2018CoordinatedCareOrganizationRates.aspx

OSU requires vaccinations in light of sixth meningococcal disease case - 12/20/17

*EDITORS: A news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. TODAY at OHA Public Health Division, Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1A. It will be live-streamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYwnoC7DjDs.*

Dec. 20, 2017

OSU requires vaccinations in light of sixth meningococcal disease case
Health officials urge undergraduates to be vaccinated during winter break

Health officials today reported a sixth case of meningococcal disease infecting a student enrolled at Oregon State University in Corvallis, and are encouraging undergraduate students during winter break to receive vaccinations for meningococcal B disease.

"Oregon State University takes the health and welfare of its students, employees and the general public very seriously," said Steve Clark, OSU vice president for university relations and marketing.

"Effective immediately, Oregon State University will require all of its Corvallis students 25 and younger to be vaccinated for meningococcal B disease by Feb. 15," he said. "Prior to this latest case, vaccinations were encouraged for all OSU students 25 years and under, but required for all incoming first-year students and transfer students."

Paul Cieslak, MD, medical director for communicable diseases and immunizations at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, said, "In light of the university's new vaccination requirement, most OSU students remain unvaccinated and their time over the holidays might be the best opportunity for them to be vaccinated."

The latest case is a 21-year-old Oregon State undergraduate student enrolled at the Corvallis campus who was hospitalized Dec. 17 with meningitis while visiting family members. Preliminary tests found meningococcal disease to be the probable cause, and further testing is underway to determine whether it is the same strain of meningococcal bacteria that caused the other OSU cases.

"We offer our thoughts, concern and wishes for a speedy and full recovery for this student and for their family," Clark said.

If confirmed to be meningococcal B, it would be the sixth case of the disease at OSU's Corvallis campus since November 2016, and the third since October.

OHA epidemiologists on Tuesday distributed a statewide alert urging health care providers and pharmacists to encourage vaccination and to take every opportunity to vaccinate all OSU undergraduate students age 25 and younger with a series of serogroup B meningococcal vaccine.

Winter break, which began Dec. 9 for Oregon State, continues through Jan. 7.

"We ask that health care providers consider meningococcal disease in their diagnosis when college students, particularly those with links to OSU, show up with unexplained high fever, headache, stiff neck or rash, and report any suspected cases promptly to their local public health department," Cieslak said.

OHA epidemiologists are supporting OSU, Benton County and other local public health departments around the state in investigating the case, including identifying and treating individuals with whom the student had close contact in recent days. Members of the student's immediate family have been treated with preventive antibiotics.

The latest illness shows the disease still is a cause for serious concern in and around the OSU Corvallis campus community, Cieslak says, and until students are vaccinated, they remain at risk of the potentially deadly disease.

Two brands of meningococcal B vaccines are licensed in the United States, and they are not interchangeable:
· Bexsero, a two-dose series, with the second dose given at least one month after the first
· Trumenba, a three-dose series, with the second dose given one month after the first, and the third dose given six months after the first

Either vaccine can be used, but because they are not interchangeable, the follow-up doses should be of the same brand as the initial dose.

State law requires health insurers to cover the cost of vaccines and antibiotics during an outbreak for enrollees 25 and younger, and who are attending or enrolled to attend OSU at the Corvallis campus. Students having trouble accessing vaccines due to insurance restrictions should call 888-877-4894 or email cp.ins@oregon.gov to connect with patient advocates.

Vaccination is the best means of preventing meningococcal disease. The following measures may offer some additional protection: students reduce the risk of transmission by coughing into a sleeve or tissue; avoiding exchange of respiratory and throat secretions, such as by sharing drinks or kissing; washing and sanitizing hands often; and not sharing drinks, utensils, cigarettes or other smoking equipment or personal cosmetics that touch the lips. Meningococcal B disease is not typically transmitted by touching kitchen counters, tables, doorknobs and other surfaces.

Additional meningococcal B disease information:
· OHA: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/MENINGOCOCCALDISEASE/
· OSU: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/meningococcal-disease
· Benton County: https://www.co.benton.or.us/health/page/meningococcal-disease-information
· CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/index.html

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NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY - Sixth meningococcal case identified in Benton County outbreak - 12/20/17

Dec. 20, 2017

NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY

Sixth meningococcal case identified in Benton County outbreak; officials to discuss outbreak, vaccination effort

What: A sixth case, an undergraduate student attending Oregon State University in Corvallis is being treated for meningococcal disease. The strain of the disease has not been identified. Officials from the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, Oregon State University and Benton County will give an update on the meningococcal B outbreak affecting the university, and efforts to vaccinate OSU students and prevent further spread of the disease.

When: 11-11:30 a.m. TODAY (Wednesday, Dec. 20)

Where: OHA Public Health Division, Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1A. A live-stream of the news conference will be available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYwnoC7DjDs.

Who: Paul Cieslak, MD
Medical director
Infectious disease and immunization programs
Oregon Public Health Division

Charlie Fautin, RN, MPH
Deputy director and health administrator
Benton County Health Department

Steve Clark
Vice president
University relations and marketing
Oregon State University

More information: OHA Public Health Division website http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/MENINGOCOCCALDISEASE/

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