State clarifies hospital contested hearing process
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Oregon department clarifies contested hearing process
After Legacy Health requested a contested hearing over the Oregon Health Authority's proposed approval of a new psychiatric hospital in north Wilsonville, the Oregon Office of Administrative Hearings will oversee the hearing process.
The health authority has yet to refer the case to the administrative hearings office, but when it does, a pre-hearing conference will be scheduled (usually within 14 days after the case is referred). At that meeting, a hearing date is typically selected. Sometimes a hearing date is scheduled months into the future so that parties can engage in discovery or settlement discussions, according to Communications Director Rebeka Gipson-King.
The process concludes with an administrative judge issuing a proposed order to the health authority that includes "detailed findings of fact, legal analysis and a recommended outcome," she added.
The hospital proposal was first issued in 2019 and it took the health authority over two years to issue a proposed decision. And the end to this process may still be many months away.
"Given the length and complexity of cases of this nature, it can take a year or more for the process to play out before the administrative law judge issues a decision," Gipson-King said.
However, the health authority doesn't have to follow the judge's order. It can reverse the order or tweak it — but needs to provide an explanation for doing so, Gipson-King said.
After denying a previous proposal from Universal Health, the health authority proposed the approval of a facility in part to alleviate the ongoing crisis with psychiatric patients being placed in hospital emergency departments for an extended period because there's nowhere else for them to go. However, it issued many conditions to the approval and reduced the number of beds it would allow from 100 to 60.
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