OPPA Government Affairs Director
Civil Commitment Issues
HB3347: This bill modifies the definition of a “person with a mental illness”. The original text of the bill made multiple changes to the references in statute of gravely disabled. The bill was amended after receiving significant opposition and now simply expands the “person with mental illness” definition to include “unable to provide for basic personal needs that are necessary to avoid serious physical harm in the near future, and is not receiving such care as is necessary to avoid such harm” language. The amended version HB3347A has made it through House and Senate committees and only needs to pass the Senate floor before the Governor signs it.
Payment-Mental Health Services
HB3427: This bill originally created a tiered payment system fro insurance companies when reimbursing for mental health services. Physicians would have been at 100%, psychologists at 95%, and social workers and therapists at 80%. OPPA was supportive of this concept, which was introduced by the Social Workers. The psychologists however opposed the bill and the language was replaced with task force requirements.
HB3427A, creates a task force that will study and make recommendations for payment structure for the reimbursement by insurers of licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors and licensed marriage and family therapists, family physicians, psychiatrists and psychologists. Each profession receives two seats on the task force. Physician representation is described as: a representative of a professional association for psychiatrists and a representative of a professional association for physicians. The bill has a minimal fiscal impact so it is in Ways and Means and is not scheduled at this time.
CCOs-Mental Health Services
SB832: This bill was originally required the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to set standards for coordinated care organizations (CCOs) to integrate delivery of mental health services with physical health services. It directed OHA to provide grants until June 30, 2017, to CCOs meeting the standards and defined “integrated behavioral health care.” It also required CCOs to offer qualified mental health providers to members and barred CCOs from restricting member access to mental health services while requiring integrated services at one location. The proposal received concerns from many groups and the bill was amended and the appropriation to OHA and grant-making authority was removed. The language requiring CCOs to offer access to mental health providers, prohibiting restrictions on access, and requiring services at one location was also deleted. SB832A received a referral to the Rules Committee where it had a hearing on Thursday the 29th. The amendment establishes behavioral health homes to be used by coordinated care organizations (CCOs), requires the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to set standards for achieving integration of behavioral and physical health services in patient-centered primary care homes and behavioral health homes via rule making and permits use of applicable billing codes by providers in patient-centered primary care homes and behavioral health homes. The amendment also creates necessary definitions, including "integrated behavioral health care" and "behavioral health home." The A6 amendments were discussed on 5/28 but not adopted. A work session for the bill is scheduled for June 2nd to adopt the amendments and move it out of committee if there is support from the members. A fiscal analysis of the bill is not available yet but when it is complete it will determine if the bills next move is a policy committee in the House or to Ways and Means.
SB132: This bill expands the crime of assault in third degree to include physical injury to health care provider in hospital. The bill was sent to the Senate Health Care Committee where it was amended to define health care provider as a person who provides or assists in providing health care services in hospital. The bill had a subsequent referral to Judiciary so after it passed out of the Health Care Committee, it had a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee but they have not moved the bill.
HB2222: Provides that Oregon State Hospital may not procure psychiatric treatment for patients at hospital by number of physicians employed by or contracting with Oregon Health and Science University that is in excess of 25 percent of total number of physicians who provide psychiatric treatment at hospital. This bill moved to Ways and Means out of the Business and Labor Committee with no recommendation as to passage. It has not been scheduled for a hearing at this point.
HB2307: Prohibits mental health care professionals and social health professionals from practicing conversion therapy if recipient of conversion therapy is under 18 years of age. This bill is completely through the process, it received the Governor’s signature this month.
HB2948: Clarifies additional conditions under which a healthcare provider may disclose protected health information for an individual being treated for mental illness, without obtaining an authorization from the individual or a personal representative. The final version of the bill ensured that the provider not only had protection if they choose to disclose but also that they would not face liability concerns for choosing not to disclose. The legislation will be cited as the Susanna Blake Gabay Act. The Bill is awaiting a vote on the Senate floor.