Applicants Sought for Health Policy Board Committees

December 17, 2009 -- Nominations are being accepted for three Oregon Health Policy Board committees. Applications for the Health Systems Performance Committee and the Medical Liability Task Force will close Thurs., December 31, 2009. The deadline to submit an application for the Oregon Health Improvement Plan Committee is Wed., January 6, 2010.

Nominations must be submitted no later than 5pm on Thurs., December 31, 2009. Nomination materials should consist of your resume or a brief biographical sketch, and a completed Committee Interest Form.

Nomination materials should be submitted to Tina Edlund of the Oregon Health Authority by e-mail to [email protected] or by FAX to (503) 947-2341.

Health Systems Performance Committe

The Board established the Health Systems Performance Committee to recommend to the Board and continually refine uniform, statewide health care quality standards for use by all purchasers of health care, third-party payers, health care providers and consumers. The Committee will be guided by the triple aim of improving population health, improving the individual’s experience of care and reducing per capita costs. The Committee will also be guided by the Oregon Health Fund Board’s final report, “Aim High: Building a Healthy Oregon” (November 2008), particularly in reference to Building Block 2: Setting High Standards.

The Health Systems Performance Committee will establish two subcommittees: One focusing on recommendations for payment policy and standards, and the second focusing on standards and metrics related to value in terms of both quality and cost in health care. The two subcommittees together will constitute the Health Systems Performance Committee. Each subcommittee may bring in additional content experts to assist them in developing their recommendations for methodologies, standards and metrics. Recommendations to the Board require a majority vote of the full Health Systems Performance Committee.

Medical Liability Task Force

The charter for the Medical Liability Task Force is currently being developed. It is likely that this Task Force will be asked to first develop principles of medical liability reform and evaluate reform proposals against those principles. The Task Force will evaluate approaches including, but not limited to, caps on non-economic damage awards, disclosure-and-offer programs, shifting the adjudication of medical malpractice claims to administrative panels or specialized judicial courts, and the creation of “safe harbors” where physicians are insulated from liability if they adhere to evidence-based practices or practice according to findings from credible comparative-effectiveness research (CER).

For questions, please contact:
Tina Edlund
Deputy Director for Planning and Policy Implementation
Oregon Health Authority
[email protected]
(503) 947-2342
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New Oregon Health Improvement Plan Committee – we invite you to join us!

In January, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) will launch a strategic planning process to create a statewide Health Improvement Plan. The plan will focus on population health and strategies to improve the health of all Oregonians and reduce health care costs. These will include preventing and reducing tobacco use and obesity, early detection and management of chronic diseases and addressing other underlying conditions such as the social determinants of health.

The statewide Health Improvement Plan Committee will report to the Oregon Health Policy Board. This Committee will be guided by the OHA’s Triple Aim of improving population health, improving the individual’s experience of care and reducing per capita costs. The Committee will also be guided by the Oregon Health Fund Board’s final report, “Aim High: Building a Healthy Oregon” (November 2008), particularly in reference to Building Block 4: Stimulate System Innovation and Improvement.

Yes, please consider me for the Committee!
1. Committee Interest Form – due Wed., January 6, 2010
2. Committee Description
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