2011 ORS § 442.555¹
Primary Care Services Program created
  • rules
  • criteria for participation

(1) There is created the Primary Care Services Program, to be administered by the Office of Rural Health, pursuant to rules adopted by the office. The purpose of the program is to provide loan repayments on behalf of naturopathic physicians, physicians, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists and nurse practitioners who agree to practice in a qualifying practice site.

(2) To be eligible to participate in the program, a prospective naturopathic physician, physician, physician assistant, dentist, pharmacist or nurse practitioner shall submit an application to the office. Applicants who are selected for participation according to criteria adopted by the office shall sign a primary care service agreement stipulating that the applicant agrees to abide by the terms stated in ORS 442.560 (Conditions of participation in Primary Care Services Program).

(3) Subject to available resources, the office may enter into primary care service agreements with prospective naturopathic physicians, physicians, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists and nurse practitioners. The office may give preference to prospective naturopathic physicians, physicians, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists and nurse practitioners who agree to practice in a qualifying practice site or a community that has contributed funds to the Primary Care Services Fund.

(4) The office shall adopt criteria to be applied to determine medically underserved rural communities and qualifying practice sites for purposes of ORS 442.550 (Definitions for ORS 442.550 to 442.570) to 442.570 (Primary Care Services Fund) and for the purposes of compliance with 42 U.S.C. 1395x(aa)(2), defining rural health clinics.

(5) A qualifying practice site shall submit an application to the office to request a designation as a qualifying practice site. The office shall make a list of qualifying practice sites available to prospective naturopathic physicians, physicians, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists and nurse practitioners. [1989 c.893 §17; 1991 c.877 §20; 1991 c.947 §6; 1993 c.765 §52; 1999 c.291 §32; 1999 c.704 §24; 2005 c.357 §1; 2007 c.485 §2; 2010 c.42 §2]

Note: See note under 442.550 (Definitions for ORS 442.550 to 442.570).