REPRESENTATIVE MITCH GREENLICK
House District 33
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT
June 19, 2009 Tom Powers (503) 986-1433
Reforms for Health Regulatory Boards Given Final Legislative Approval
“With the reforms contained in these bills, patients in Oregon can have confidence that the regulatory boards for their doctors, nurses and other health professionals are steadfastly committed to the protection of the public,” said Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland), chair of the committee.
Working over the interim to hear testimony related to the nearly 20
health professional licensing boards in
“By overhauling the way that health boards deal with professionals who are impaired with an addiction, HB 2345 will protect the safety of patients while ensuring that practitioners who are in recovery can come back into the health workforce,” said Rep. Ron Maurer (R-Grants Pass), vice-chair of the committee. “Each board will now have the same standard of professional conduct to ensure protection of patients.”
Representative Chris Harker, vice-chair of the committee, became a member of the Health Care Committee halfway through the interim hearings on health licensing boards. After receiving testimony about the failure of certain boards to take action against dangerous licensees, Rep. Harker worked with Rep. Greenlick and Rep. Maurer to draft reform legislation.
“Health care consumers must be able to rely upon the expertise and credentials of practitioners,” said Rep. Harker. “The bills we have passed into law will help to improve the safety and quality of the health workforce.”
The House Health Care Committee will continue to review
the policies and performance of
House Bills 2058, 2059 and 2345 are now at Governor Kulongoski’s desk for his approval.