Senate Bill 483 Signed by Governor

March 18, 2013 -- This morning, Governor Kitzhaber signed Senate Bill 483—a landmark piece of legislation that establishes a voluntary program to give healthcare providers a structured approach to notification, discussion, and mediation of serious adverse events. The Oregon Patient Safety Commission will administer the program and is excited and honored to be a part of efforts that can make such a difference for patients and families.

The program is an innovative approach to medical liability reform in the state of Oregon and consists of four key components:

  1. Notice of event filing process available to both providers and the public
  2. Timely discussion of the event between the provider and the patient
  3. Mediation if the discussion phase does not result in resolution for both parties
  4. Litigation if the discussion and mediation do not result in resolution; a patient may bring a civil action for negligence

The Commission will begin developing the administrative rules to support this legislation in July 2013. The system will take one year to develop and will be fully functional by July 2014. For more information, please visit our website:

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