ORS 442.555¹
Rural Health Services Program created
  • rules
  • criteria for participation

(1) There is created the Rural Health Services Program, to be administered by the Oregon Student Assistance Commission, pursuant to rules adopted by the commission. The purpose of the program is to provide loan repayments on behalf of 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 physician, physician assistant, dentist, pharmacist or nurse practitioner shall submit a letter of interest to the commission. Applicants who are selected for participation according to criteria adopted by the commission in consultation with the Office of Rural Health shall sign a letter of agreement stipulating that the applicant agrees to abide by the terms stated in ORS 442.560 (Conditions of participation in Rural Health Services Program).

(3) Subject to available resources, the commission may enter into agreements with not to exceed 10 prospective physicians, 10 prospective physician assistants, 10 prospective dentists, 10 prospective pharmacists and 10 prospective nurse practitioners each year. The commission may give preference to prospective physicians, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists and nurse practitioners who agree to practice in a community that has contributed funds to the Rural Health Services Fund.

(4) The Office of Rural Health shall adopt criteria to be applied to determine medically underserved communities and qualifying practice sites for purposes of ORS 442.550 (Definitions for ORS 442.550 to 442.570) to 442.570 (Rural Health Services Fund) and for the purposes of compliance with federal Public Law 95-210, establishing rural health clinics.

(5) A qualifying practice site shall submit an application to the Office of Rural Health to participate in the program. The office shall make a list of qualifying practice sites available to prospective 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]

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

Chapter 442

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Participa­tion of hospital owners or administrators in joint review of hospital expenses, services, (1978) Vol 38, p 2060; State Health Planning and Develop­ment Agency's responsibility to evaluate and act upon nursing home budget and rate increase notifica­tions where posi­tions and funds are deleted from agency's budget, (1979) Vol 40, p 56; health systems agency's failure to review or submit recommenda­tion and findings on applica­tion for certificate of need, (1979) Vol 40, p 135

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 442—Health Planning, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors442.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 442, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­442ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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