Health workers in Oregon postponed consideration of controversial changes to Oregon's health plan that could force many patients with chronic opioid pain
. the agency wanted to refuse the offer, early indications indicate that the delay could continue.
The proposal was scheduled to be considered by the Commission on Audit of Health Evidence on Thursday. But Oregon's health director Patrick Allen asked for more time to allow the agency to reconsider the potential conflicts of interest that a consultant had on the offer. for the treatment of chronic conditions that have not been covered in the past. This would allow patients with these conditions to receive opioid and non-opioid drugs, as well as a number of non-medicated services.
But the proposed policy was controversial because of the initial language, which would have made patients with these conditions opioids can be shortened throughout the year.