To encourage physicians to volunteer their services outside of health facilities, a new law will grant civil immunity under certain circumstances for physicians and other health care providers who volunteer to care for Hoosiers in their communities.
HB 1145 requires the establishment of a process for the approval of non-health facility locations where certain volunteer health services are provided and sets up a health care volunteer registry. Physicians, nurses, physician assistants and others delivering permissible care at registered locations will then have immunity from civil liability.
ISMA Director of Government Relations Mike Rinebold advised that although the law is effective July 1, further action is required by the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana to adopt rules regarding what volunteers and facilities will qualify.
ISMA Reports will have updates as information is released by the MLB.