Oregon Statutes - Chapter 414 - Medical Assistance - Section 414.712 - Medical assistance for certain eligible persons.

The Department of Human Services shall provide medical assistance under ORS 414.705 to 414.750 to eligible persons who receive assistance under ORS 411.706 and to children described in ORS 414.025 (2)(f), (i), (j), (k) and (m), 418.001 to 418.034, 418.189 to 418.970 and 657A.020 to 657A.460 and those mental health and chemical dependency services recommended according to standards of medical assistance and according to the schedule of implementation established by the Legislative Assembly. In providing medical assistance services described in ORS 414.018 to 414.024, 414.042, 414.107, 414.710, 414.720 and 735.712, the Department of Human Services shall also provide the following:

(1) Ombudsman services for eligible persons who receive assistance under ORS 411.706. With the concurrence of the Governor, the Director of Human Services shall appoint ombudsmen and may terminate an ombudsman. Ombudsmen are under the supervision and control of the director. An ombudsman shall serve as a patientís advocate whenever the patient or a physician or other medical personnel serving the patient is reasonably concerned about access to, quality of or limitations on the care being provided by a health care provider. Patients shall be informed of the availability of an ombudsman. Ombudsmen shall report to the Governor in writing at least once each quarter. A report shall include a summary of the services that the ombudsman provided during the quarter and the ombudsmanís recommendations for improving ombudsman services and access to or quality of care provided to eligible persons by health care providers.

(2) Case management services in each health care provider organization for those eligible persons who receive assistance under ORS 411.706. Case managers shall be trained in and shall exhibit skills in communication with and sensitivity to the unique health care needs of people who receive assistance under ORS 411.706. Case managers shall be reasonably available to assist patients served by the organization with the coordination of the patientís health care services at the reasonable request of the patient or a physician or other medical personnel serving the patient. Patients shall be informed of the availability of case managers.

(3) A mechanism, established by rule, for soliciting consumer opinions and concerns regarding accessibility to and quality of the services of each health care provider.

(4) A choice of available medical plans and, within those plans, choice of a primary care provider.

(5) Due process procedures for any individual whose request for medical assistance coverage for any treatment or service is denied or is not acted upon with reasonable promptness. These procedures shall include an expedited process for cases in which a patientís medical needs require swift resolution of a dispute. [1991 c.753 §14; 1993 c.815 §18; 1997 c.581 §26; 1999 c.547 §7; 1999 c.1084 §53; 2003 c.14 §§193,193a; 2003 c.591 §§1,2; 2005 c.381 §18]

Note: See note under 414.705.

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