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Nurse Practitioners Shunned While People Wait for Care

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Spurned by Cascade, independent nurse practitioners want to help solve the primary care backlog in Klamath County. Sky Lakes Medical Center contends that it has added the necessary providers to care for the 50 percent more enrollees who joined last year. This article is the first in a two-part series on healthcare in Klamath County.

There is a long history of animosity and mistrust in Klamath County between independent nurse practitioners and the local coordinated care organization, Cascade Health Alliance, which dates back more than two decades.

Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners Get Reprieve from Federal Government

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A rule, slated to go into effect Oct. 1 would have required these practitioners to get a physician’s authorization before providing medical equipment to elderly patients.

Advocates, working together with their political allies, stopped the federal government from implementing a new rule that could have inhibited the elderly from getting access to wheelchairs, nebulizers, walkers and other medical equipment.

Nurse Practitioners Gain Right to Dispense Prescription Drugs

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Senate Bill 8 has passed both chambers unanimously, granting all nurse practitioners the right to dispense prescription medications.


June 4, 2013 — Patients who see a nurse practitioner for their primary care needs may not have to visit a pharmacy to get their prescriptions filled under legislation that passed the House unanimously on Monday.

Oregon Medical Association Backs ONA’s Pay Equity Bill for Nurse Practitioners

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A task force will be added, but the heart of House Bill 2902 survives Senate negotiations — requiring private insurers to return to the practice of paying all independent nurse practitioners and physician assistants the same as physicians for the same services.


May 29, 2013 — The Senate Health Committee has passed a nurse practitioner pay parity bill that has found consensus between the Oregon Medical Association and the Oregon Nurses Association, bringing to a resolution one of the most divisive issues in the state medical community this legislative session.

Nurse Practitioners and Chiropractors Want More Workers’ Comp Patients

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Senate Bill 533 awaits only a House vote to become law, expanding the length of time that a nurse practitioner can see an injured worker and giving workers access to their preferred chiropractor.


May 2, 2013 -- People who suffer an injury on the job will get better access to a nurse practitioner or their favored chiropractor under a Senate bill that should become law.

Nurse Practitioner Pay Equity Easily Passes House

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Dr. Bud Pierce, president of the OMA, told The Lund Report he hopes a compromise will be forged in the Senate.

Editor's Note: Rep. Lively represents Springfield. His district was incorrectly identified in an earlier version.


March 20, 2013 — The Oregon House voted 39-20 to require private insurers to pay independent nurse practitioners and physician assistants at the same rate they would pay doctors for the same services.

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Put Forth Pay Equity Bill

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HB 2902 is designed to counter cuts made to primary care providers who are not doctors and has resounding support, but similar bills have failed in the past


March 6, 2013 — A few years ago, private insurers cut the rates that they pay to nurse practitioners and physician assistants by as much as 25 percent and began paying them less than doctors for the same basic services.

Legislation Giving Nurse Practitioners Equal Pay Appears Dead

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Although the bill sailed through the House Healthcare Committee, Rep, Jason Conger succeeded in getting the bill sent to the House Rules Committee, where bills usually die

February 17, 2012—Legislation that would reimburse nurse practitioners at the same rate as primary care doctors failed to pass on the House floor last week as expected, and instead was sent to the Rules Committee where such bills usually die.

The motion made by Rep. Jason Conger (R-Bend) seemed to catch people off guard, yet had bipartisan support with a 33-26 vote. Conger said House Bill 4010 needed to go to the Rules Committee because he was concerned about the definition of a nurse practitioner’s “service area.”


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