PA 10-23—sHB 5452

Public Health Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF VOLUNTEER HEALTH CARE SERVICES ON A TEMPORARY BASIS

SUMMARY: This act allows out-of-state, volunteer health care practitioners to provide health care services in Connecticut at (1) a free clinic or similar charitable medical event providing free health care services or (2) the Special Olympics or similar athletic event attracting a large number of out-of-state participants provided the practitioners meet certain criteria. The practitioner must:

1. hold an unrestricted license or certificate in another state, territory, or the District of Columbia;

2. not represent himself or herself as a Connecticut-licensed or -certified health care practitioner;

3. provide services only to patients or athletes participating in these events;

4. provide only those services permitted by Connecticut law;

5. provide services only under the supervision of a Connecticut-licensed or -certified health care practitioner within the same licensure or certification category; and

6. maintain, either personally or through the sponsoring organization, professional liability insurance or other professional malpractice insurance in an amount equal to or greater than that required for a comparable Connecticut licensee or certificate holder.

The act requires the organization conducting such events to ensure that any participating out-of–state practitioner fully complies with its provisions.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2010

APPLICABILITY

The act appears to apply to any licensed or certified health care practitioner, which by law may include physicians and surgeons, osteopaths, chiropractors, natureopaths, podiatrists, athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, alcohol and drug counselors, radiographers, radiologic technologists, midwives, nurses, nurses aides, dentists, dental hygienists, optometrists, opticians, respiratory care practitioners, perfusionists, pharmacists, psychologists, marital and family therapists, clinical social workers, professional counselors, veterinarians, massage therapists, and emergency medical technicians.

BACKGROUND

Out-of-State Health Care Providers Allowed To Work in an Emergency

The law allows various health care practitioners licensed, certified, or registered in another state, territory, or the District of Columbia, to work in Connecticut during a declared public health emergency. They can work only within the scope of their practice as permitted by Connecticut law. The law allows the public health commissioner to suspend, for up to 60 consecutive days, state licensing, certification, or registration requirements that apply to them (CGS 19a-131j).

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