Oregon Office of Rural Health

ORH COVID-19 Resources for Rural Health

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The Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) is grateful for your continued hard work and dedication to providing care in your communities. Our Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, EMS providers and others are on the front lines of this outbreak and we are here to support you during these challenging times!
We recognize that information related to COVID-19 changes daily, if not hourly. We are committed to providing you—our rural and frontier health facilities and services—with the most up-to-date information we have from vetted sources to address your questions. We will keep this webpage updated with the most current information we have as it evolves. Please check back often.

If you have a question that is not answered through the resources listed below, please contact us at the email address under each section or at ruralweb@ohsu.edu and we will respond to your question as soon as we can.

Capacity Building

CAH Transitional Care: An essential partnership and pathway for acute care hospitals to create desperately needed capacity during COVID-19 Pandemic

Communications: Examples From Rural Hospitals and Clinics



Please direct questions to Stacie Rothwell | rothwels@ohsu.edu


Oregon Office of Rural Health:  Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Listening Sessions


Please direct questions to Rondyann Gerst | gerst@ohsu.edu

State & Federal Telehealth Policy

The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) has developed a fact sheet summarizing the developments thus far as they relate to telehealth policy on the federal and state level. Keep in mind that this is a living document as new developments take place regularly. Check the timestamp to ensure you have the latest version.

Federal Policy Changes Related to Telehealth

State Policy Changes Related to Telehealth

All Oregon Health Plan Temporary Rules are available here:

Oregon Medical Board COVID-19, licensing and telehealth information can be found here.


Please direct questions to Rose Locklear | locklear@ohsu.edu


The following is information from the Oregon Medical Board (OMB) and the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) regarding Emergency Temporary Licensing Exceptions. All information can be found on the OMB and OSBN web links below.

Oregon Medical Board (OMB)

During a state of emergency, the OMB allows physicians and physician assistants licensed in another state to provide medical care in Oregon under special provisions. Out-of-state health care professionals who wish to provide care in Oregon during this time must complete this authorization application. See OAR 847-010-[0068] for more information.


The OMB's telemedicine resources.

Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN)

Per ORS 678.031(4), the OSBN is allowing nurses and nursing assistants licensed in another state or U.S. jurisdiction to provide care in Oregon under special provisions until April 8.

Providers Under Loan Repayment or Loan Forgiveness

In the event a practice site requires or requests Loan Repayment or Loan Forgiveness awardees to alter their typical work day or care delivery method, please have them contact ORH at ruralworkforce@ohsu.edu, and include as much detail regarding the change as possible. The more details provided, the easier it will be for ORH to assist them and their practice sites if serious complications arise.

If a Loan Repayment or Loan Forgiveness awardee’s duties or hours are affected by their practice site’s response to COVID-19, they will not be found in violation of their program’s service agreement. ORH will work closely with the Oregon Health Authority and HRSA on a case-by-case basis to ensure that awardees can respond to their community’s needs and circumstances at their practice site.


Please direct health care recruiting and licensing questions to Stacee Reed | reest@ohsu.edu

Please direct questions specific to provider incentive programs to Bill Pfunder | pfunder@ohsu.edu