Pulse Oximetry Screening for Newborns at Hospitals and Birthing Centers
During the 2013 Legislative Session, Senate Bill 172 was passed. SB172 directs the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to adopt rules to require hospitals and birthing centers to perform pulse oximetry screening on every newborn infant delivered at a hospital or birthing center before discharging the newborn. Pulse oximetry screening can help detect congenital heart defects.
In order to meet this legislative mandate, OHA adopted temporary rules on January 1, 2014, that require hospitals and birthing centers to begin pulse oximetry screening on newborns starting March 1, 2014. Screening must be done in a manner consistent with national recommendations that are referenced in the temporary rules.
In addition, hospitals and birthing centers must:
- Adopt polices and procedures
- Notify the parent or legal guardian and the newborn’s health care providers of the results of the screening
- Provide follow up services or treatment for the newborn, as necessary, or provide necessary referrals
- Document the screening and other information in the newborn’s medical record
There is no public comment period for these rules because they are temporary rules, but OHA will be forming a rules advisory committee to get input from stakeholders on the permanent rules that will need to go into effect by June 29, 2014.
For more details, please see the rules and related rule making documents, and a letter to stakeholders below:
Notice of Patient Choice and Financial Interest
The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division is proposing to adopt Oregon Administrative Rules in chapter 333, division 72 relating to notice of patient choice and financial interest in response to the passage of SB 683 during the 2013 legislative session. The Legislature delegated to the Oregon Health Authority rulemaking authority to implement SB 683’s requirements for certain medical practitioners to provide notice of patient choice and notice of financial interest when making referrals for diagnostic tests, health care services or treatment. The proposed rules provide for oral and written notice of patient choice and financial choice at designated times. Implementation of the rules will ensure that health care consumers are aware of their rights to choose care providers and when their provider has a financial interest in a facility to which they are being referred.
Public comment period closed March 11, 2014 at 5pm.
For more details, please see the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Hearing, Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact, and the full text of the proposed rules below: