2015 ORS 676.460¹
Health care provider incentive program
  • rules

(1) There is created in the Oregon Health Authority a health care provider incentive program for the purpose of assisting qualified health care providers who have committed to serving medical assistance recipients in rural or medically underserved areas of this state. The authority shall prescribe by rule:

(a) Participant eligibility criteria, including the types of qualified health care providers who may participate in the program;

(b) The terms and conditions of participation in the program, including the duration of the term of any service agreement;

(c) The types of incentives that may be provided;

(d) If the funds allocated to the program from the Health Care Provider Incentive Fund established under ORS 676.450 (Health Care Provider Incentive Fund) are insufficient to provide assistance to all of the applicants who are eligible to participate in the program, the priority for the distribution of funds, based on guidance from the Health Care Workforce Committee; and

(e) The financial penalties imposed on an individual who fails to comply with terms and conditions of participation.

(2) The authority may enter into contracts with one or more public or private entities to administer the program or parts of the program. [2015 c.829 §2]

Note: 676.460 (Health care provider incentive program) becomes operative January 1, 2018. See section 11, chapter 829, Oregon Laws 2015.

Note: Sections 3 and 10, chapter 829, Oregon Laws 2015, provide:

Sec. 3. (1) The Oregon Health Policy Board shall study and evaluate the effectiveness of financial incentives offered by the state to recruit and retain qualified health care providers in rural and medically underserved areas.

(2) On the basis of the study, the board shall develop recommendations with respect to:

(a) The continuation, restructuring, consolidation or repeal of the incentives;

(b) The priority for distribution of incentive funds allocated to the program from the Health Care Provider Incentive Fund established under section 1 of this 2015 Act [676.450 (Health Care Provider Incentive Fund)] to qualified health care providers; and

(c) New financial incentive programs.

(3) The recommendations must address, but need not be limited to:

(a) Financial assistance programs for students in both the publicly funded and private institutions in this state that provide post-graduate training in medical fields;

(b) Loans, grants or other financial incentives to hospitals and teaching health centers for the purpose of establishing or expanding residency programs, including recommendations for the eligibility criteria, repayment provisions, interest rates and other requirements for financial incentives;

(c) Low-interest loans, short-term emergency funding or grants for type A, B and C hospitals that are at risk of closure due to financial instability;

(d) Direct subsidies or bonus payments to qualified health care providers for services provided in rural and medically underserved areas;

(e) Creation of a retirement plan to offer to licensed or certified providers as an incentive to provide services in rural and medically underserved areas and to medically underserved populations in this state;

(f) The criteria for tax credits, including adding means testing or time limits;

(g) Opportunities that are available to secure private or public, local or federal matching funds; and

(h) The definitions of rural area, medically underserved area and qualified health care provider.

(4) In developing recommendations under this section, the Oregon Health Policy Board may consult with the Graduate Medical Education Consortium, the Oregon Healthcare Workforce Institute, the Office of Rural Health, the Oregon Center for Nursing or other appropriate entities.

(5) The Oregon Health Policy Board may contract with a public or private entity to assist in the development of recommendations.

(6) The Oregon Health Policy Board shall report on the progress in developing recommendations under this section to the interim committees of the Legislative Assembly related to health during the interim committee meetings in November 2015 and to the committees of the Legislative Assembly related to health during the 2016 regular session. The board shall report its final recommendations to the interim committees of the Legislative Assembly, in the manner prescribed by ORS 192.245 (Form of report to legislature), no later than September 1, 2016. [2015 c.829 §3]

Sec. 10. Section 3 of this 2015 Act is repealed on January 2, 2017. [2015 c.829 §10]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 676—Health Professions Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors676.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.