N.Y. Public Health Law Section 260
Health care practitioner volunteer program


There is hereby established in the department a health care practitioner volunteer program to implement a system by which eligible health care practitioner volunteers and other volunteers may provide free basic primary health care services to uninsured low income individuals.


The commissioner is authorized and directed to promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary to implement the provisions of this title. Such rules and regulations shall enable the health care practitioner volunteer program approved hereunder to:


provide free basic primary health care services primarily to uninsured low income individuals;


integrate the delivery of such services with the delivery of health care and other supportive services to the target population by other providers in the community; and


meet standards of care which are appropriate to the level and nature of health care services to be provided.


A health care practitioner is eligible to participate as a health care practitioner volunteer under this title if he or she:


is licensed, or exempt from licensure, pursuant to articles one hundred thirty-one, one hundred thirty-one-B, one hundred thirty-two, one hundred thirty-three, one hundred thirty-six, one hundred thirty-seven, one hundred thirty-nine, one hundred forty, one hundred forty-one, one hundred forty-three, one hundred forty-four, one hundred fifty-three, one hundred fifty-four, one hundred fifty-five, one hundred fifty-six, one hundred fifty-seven, one hundred fifty-nine, one hundred sixty, one hundred sixty-two, or one hundred sixty-four of the education law;


has agreed to practice in a health care practitioner volunteer program without compensation or the expectation of compensation. For the purposes of this paragraph, the following shall not be considered compensation:


nominal payment solely to enable the health care practitioner to be considered an employee of an entity operating and administering the health care practitioner volunteer program established pursuant to this title; or


the provision of medical liability insurance coverage to the health care practitioner pursuant to the requirements of this title;


is well qualified and intends to serve as a volunteer in the practice or specialty area in which he or she is licensed and primarily practices, or practiced prior to retirement, or is licensed and demonstrably qualified to practice through training, retraining, or continuing education; and


is not subject to any limitations on practice as the result of findings or action by, or any agreement with, any licensing or professional conduct agency or board, or any court or regulatory agency.


No health care practitioner volunteer shall participate in the health care practitioner volunteer program established pursuant to this title unless, with respect to acts and omissions that occurred or allegedly occurred within the scope of his or her participation in such program, he or she is covered by an adequate professional liability insurance policy.


The commissioner shall, upon submission of satisfactory evidence of compliance with the provisions of this title, approve one or more health care practitioner volunteer programs to be located in and to serve a specified service area. Such program shall:


be operated and administered by a not-for-profit entity licensed under article 28 (Hospitals)article twenty-eight of this chapter, provided, however, that nothing contained herein shall preclude a facility otherwise licensed under this chapter or under the mental hygiene law from utilizing the services of health care practitioner volunteers for the provision of free health care services pursuant to such licensure; and


have procedures to screen participating health care practitioner volunteers to ensure that they meet the requirements of subdivision three of this section.


(a) Each program shall report annually to the commissioner on the progress of the program. The report shall include a profile of participating health care practitioner volunteers, the number of persons served, a description of the activities of the program, an outline of the program’s continuing or projected activities, a description of the impact of the program on the community, and an estimate of the value of volunteer services provided.


On or before June first of each year, the commissioner shall report to the governor, the temporary president of the senate, the minority leader of the senate, the speaker of the assembly, the minority leader of the assembly, and the chairs of the senate and assembly committees on health on findings, conclusions, and recommendations on the implementation of the provisions of this title.


Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of law to the contrary, the commissioner is authorized to waive, modify or suspend the provisions of rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to article 28 (Hospitals)article twenty-eight of this chapter if the commissioner determines that such waiver, modification or suspension is necessary for the successful implementing of the health care practitioner volunteer program authorized pursuant to this section and provided that the commissioner determines that the health, safety and general welfare of people receiving health care under such health care practitioner volunteer program will not be impaired as a result of such waiver, modification or suspension. * NB There are 2 § 260’s

Source: Section 260 — Health care practitioner volunteer program, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/PBH/260 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

Jun. 15, 2024

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§ 260’s source at nysenate​.gov

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