2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 146. Miscellaneous health provisions.
146.89 Volunteer health care provider program.

146.89

146.89 Volunteer health care provider program.

146.89(1)

(1) In this section:

146.89(1)(d)

(d) "Governing body" means the governing body of any of the following:

146.89(1)(d)1.

1. A charter school, as defined in s. 115.001 (1).

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2. A private school, as defined in s. 115.001 (3r), that participates in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program under s. 119.23.

146.89(1)(g)

(g) "School" means any of the following:

146.89(1)(g)1.

1. A public elementary school.

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2. A charter school, as defined in s. 115.001 (1).

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3. A private school, as defined in s. 115.001 (3r), that participates in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program under s. 119.23.

146.89(1)(h)

(h) "School board" has the meaning given in s. 115.001 (7).

146.89(1)(r)

(r) "Volunteer health care provider" means an individual who is one of the following and who receives no income from the practice of his or her health care profession or who receives no income from the practice of that health care profession when providing services at the nonprofit agency specified under sub. (3) or for the school board or governing body specified under sub. (3r):

146.89(1)(r)1.

1. Licensed as a physician under ch. 448, a dentist or dental hygienist under ch. 447, a registered nurse, practical nurse, or nurse-midwife under ch. 441, an optometrist under ch. 449, a physician assistant under ch. 448, a pharmacist under ch. 450, a chiropractor under ch. 446, a podiatrist under subch. IV of ch. 448, or a physical therapist under subch. III of ch. 448.

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2. Certified as a dietitian under subch. V of ch. 448.

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3. A nurse practitioner, as defined in s. 255.06 (1) (d).

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4. An individual who performs functions described for pharmacy technicians in rules promulgated by the pharmacy examining board.

146.89(2)

(2)

146.89(2)(a)

(a) A volunteer health care provider may participate under this section only if he or she submits a joint application with a nonprofit agency, school board, or governing body to the department of administration and that department approves the application. If the volunteer health care provider submits a joint application with a school board or governing body, the application shall include a statement by the school board or governing body that certifies that the volunteer health care provider has received materials that specify school board or governing body policies concerning the provision of health care services to students and has agreed to comply with the policies. The department of administration shall provide application forms for use under this paragraph.

146.89(2)(b)

(b) The department of administration may send an application to the medical examining board for evaluation. The medical examining board shall evaluate any application submitted by the department of administration and return the application to the department of administration with the board's recommendation regarding approval.

146.89(2)(c)

(c) The department of administration shall notify the volunteer health care provider and the nonprofit agency, school board, or governing body of the department's decision to approve or disapprove the application.

146.89(2)(d)

(d) Approval of an application of a volunteer health care provider is valid for one year. If a volunteer health care provider wishes to renew approval, he or she shall submit a joint renewal application with a nonprofit agency, school board, or governing body to the department of administration. The department of administration shall provide renewal application forms that are developed by the department of health services and that include questions about the activities that the individual has undertaken as a volunteer health care provider in the previous 12 months.

146.89(3)

(3) Any volunteer health care provider and nonprofit agency whose joint application is approved under sub. (2) shall meet the following applicable conditions:

146.89(3)(a)

(a) The volunteer health care provider shall provide services under par. (b) without charge, except as provided in sub. (3m), at the nonprofit agency, if the joint application of the volunteer health care provider and the nonprofit agency has received approval under sub. (2) (a).

146.89(3)(b)

(b) Under this section, the nonprofit agency may provide the following health care services:

146.89(3)(b)1.

1. Diagnostic tests.

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2. Health education.

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3. Information about available health care resources.

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4. Office visits.

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5. Patient advocacy.

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6. Prescriptions.

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7. Referrals to health care specialists.

146.89(3)(b)8.

8. Dental services, including simple tooth extractions and any necessary suturing related to the extractions, performed by a dentist who is a volunteer health provider; and dental hygiene services, performed by a dental hygienist who is a volunteer health provider.

146.89(3)(c)

(c) Under this section, the nonprofit agency may not provide emergency medical services, hospitalization, or surgery, except as provided in par. (b) 8.

146.89(3)(d)

(d) Under this section, the nonprofit agency shall provide health care services primarily to low-income persons who are uninsured and who are not recipients of any of the following:

146.89(3)(d)2.

2. Except as provided in sub. (3m), Medical Assistance under subch. IV of ch. 49.

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3. Medicare under 42 USC 1395-1395ccc.

146.89(3m)

(3m) A volunteer health care provider who is a dentist may provide dental services or a volunteer health care provider who is a dental hygienist may provide dental hygiene services, to persons who are recipients of Medical Assistance, if all of the following apply:

146.89(3m)(a)

(a) The nonprofit agency's fees for these services apply to the recipients and to persons who are not recipients of Medical Assistance.

146.89(3m)(b)

(b) The agency accepts discounted payments, based on ability to pay, from the persons who are not Medical Assistance recipients.

146.89(3m)(c)

(c) The volunteer health care provider is certified under s. 49.45 (2) (a) 11. a., the department has waived the requirement for certification, or the volunteer health care provider is not required to be certified under s. 49.45 (2) (a) 11. a.

146.89(3r)

(3r) All of the following apply to a volunteer health care provider whose joint application with a school board or relevant governing body is approved under sub. (2):

146.89(3r)(a)

(a) Before first providing health care services in a school, the volunteer health care provider shall provide to the school board or relevant governing body proof of satisfactory completion of any competency requirements that are relevant to the volunteer health care provider, as specified by the department of public instruction by rule, and shall consult with the school nurse, if any, of the school.

146.89(3r)(b)

(b) Under this subsection, the volunteer health care provider may provide only to students from 4-year-old kindergarten to grade 6 the following health care services:

146.89(3r)(b)1.

1. Except as specified in par. (c), the health care services specified in sub. (3) (b) 1. to 5. and 7., other than referrals to reproductive health care specialists, and in sub. (3) (b) 8.

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2. First aid for illness or injury.

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3. Except as specified in par. (c), the administration of drugs, as specified in s. 118.29 (2) (a) 1. to 3.

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4. Health screenings.

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5. Any other health care services designated by the department of public instruction by rule.

146.89(3r)(c)

(c) Under this subsection, the volunteer health care provider may not provide any of the following:

146.89(3r)(c)1.

1. Hospitalization.

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2. Surgery, except as provided in par. (b) 2. and 5.

146.89(3r)(c)3.

3. A referral for abortion, as defined in s. 48.375.

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4. A contraceptive article, as defined in s. 450.155 (1) (a).

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5. A pregnancy test.

146.89(3r)(d)

(d) Any health care services provided under par. (b) shall be provided without charge at the school and shall be available to all students from 4-year-old kindergarten to grade 6 regardless of income.

146.89(3r)(e)

(e) Under this subsection, a volunteer health care provider may provide instruction in human growth and development if the instructional program is in compliance with requirements of s. 118.019.

146.89(4)

(4) Volunteer health care providers who provide services under this section are, for the provision of these services, state agents of the department of health services for purposes of ss. 165.25 (6), 893.82 (3) and 895.46. This state agency status applies regardless of whether the volunteer health care provider has coverage under a policy of health care liability insurance that would extend to services provided by the volunteer health care provider under this section; and the limitations under s. 895.46 (1) (a) on the payment by the state of damages and costs in excess of any insurance coverage applicable to the agent and on the duty of a governmental unit to provide or pay for legal representation do not apply. Any policy of health care liability insurance providing coverage for services of a health care provider may exclude coverage for services provided by the health care provider under this section.

146.89 - ANNOT.

History: 1989 a. 206; 1991 a. 269; 1993 a. 28, 490; 1995 a. 27 ss. 4378 to 4380, 9126 (19); 1997 a. 27, 57, 67; 1999 a. 23; 2003 a. 92; 2005 a. 188; 2007 a. 20 s. 9121 (6) (a); 2007 a. 201; 2009 a. 93, 134.

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