36.61(1)(ac) (ac) “Clinic hours" has the meaning given in s. 36.60 (1) (ac).
36.61(1)(ad) (ad) “Council" means the rural health development council.
36.61(1)(ag) (ag) “Dental health shortage area" has the meaning given in s. 36.60 (1) (ad).
36.61(1)(aj) (aj) “Dental hygienist" means an individual licensed under s. 447.04 (2).
36.61(1)(am) (am) “Eligible practice area" means a primary care shortage area, an American Indian reservation, or trust lands of an American Indian tribe, except that with respect to a dental hygienist “eligible practice area" means a dental health shortage area.
36.61(1)(b) (b) “Health care provider" means a dental hygienist, physician assistant, nurse-midwife, or nurse practitioner.
36.61(1)(bp) (bp) “Health professional shortage area" has the meaning given in s. 36.60 (1) (aj).
36.61(1)(d) (d) “Primary care shortage area" has the meaning given in s. 36.60 (1) (cm).
36.61(1)(e) (e) “Rural area" has the meaning given in s. 36.63 (1) (c).
36.61(2) (2)Eligibility. The board may repay, on behalf of a health care provider, up to $25,000 in educational loans obtained by the health care provider from a public or private lending institution for education related to the health care provider's field of practice, as determined by the board with the advice of the council.
36.61(3) (3)Agreement.
36.61(3)(a) (a) The board shall enter into a written agreement with the health care provider. In the agreement, the health care provider shall agree to practice at least 32 clinic hours per week for 3 years in one or more eligible practice areas in this state or in a rural area, except that a health care provider in the expanded loan assistance program under sub. (8) who is not a dental hygienist may only agree to practice at a public or private nonprofit entity in a health professional shortage area.
36.61(3)(b) (b) The agreement shall specify that the responsibility of the board to make the payments under the agreement is subject to the amount of funds transferred to the board under s. 20.505 (8) (hm) 6r., the contributions received and penalties assessed by the board, and the appropriation under s. 20.285 (1) (qj).
36.61(4) (4)Loan repayment. Principal and interest due on loans, exclusive of any penalties, may be repaid by the board at the following rate:
36.61(4)(a) (a) Up to 40 percent of the principal of the loan or $10,000, whichever is less, during the first year of participation in the program under this section.
36.61(4)(b) (b) Up to an additional 40 percent of the principal of the loan or $10,000, whichever is less, during the 2nd year of participation in the program under this section.
36.61(4)(c) (c) Up to an additional 20 percent of the principal of the loan or $5,000, whichever is less, during the 3rd year of participation in the program under this section.
36.61(5) (5)Availability of funds; right of action against state.
36.61(5)(a)(a) The obligation of the board to make payments under an agreement entered into under sub. (3) is subject to the amount of funds transferred to the board under s. 20.505 (8) (hm) 6r., the contributions received and penalties assessed by the board, and the appropriation under s. 20.285 (1) (qj).
36.61(5)(b) (b) If the cost of repaying the loans of all eligible applicants, when added to the cost of loan repayments scheduled under existing agreements, exceeds the total amount of funds transferred to the board under s. 20.505 (8) (hm) 6r., the contributions received and penalties assessed by the board, and the appropriation under s. 20.285 (1) (qj), the board shall establish priorities among the eligible applicants based upon the following considerations:
36.61(5)(b)1. 1. The degree to which there is an extremely high need for medical care in the eligible practice area, health professional shortage area, or rural area in which an eligible applicant who is not a dental hygienist desires to practice and the degree to which there is an extremely high need for dental care in the dental health shortage area or rural area in which an eligible applicant who is a dental hygienist desires to practice.
36.61(5)(b)2. 2. The likelihood that an eligible applicant will remain in the eligible practice area, health professional shortage area, or rural area in which he or she desires to practice after the loan repayment period.
36.61(5)(b)3. 3. The per capita income of the eligible practice area, health professional shortage area, or rural area in which an eligible applicant desires to practice.
36.61(5)(b)4. 4. The financial or other support for health care provider recruitment and retention provided by individuals, organizations or local governments in the eligible practice area, health professional shortage area, or rural area in which an eligible applicant desires to practice.
36.61(5)(b)5. 5. The geographic distribution of the health care providers who have entered into loan repayment agreements under this section and the geographic location of the eligible practice area, health professional shortage area, or rural area in which an eligible applicant desires to practice.
36.61(5)(b)6. 6. Other considerations that the board may specify by rule.
36.61(5)(c) (c) An agreement under sub. (3) does not create a right of action against the state on the part of the health care provider or the lending institution for failure to make the payments specified in the agreement.
36.61(6) (6)Local participation. The board shall encourage contributions to the program under this section by counties, cities, villages and towns.
36.61(6m) (6m)Penalties. The board shall, by rule, establish penalties to be assessed by the board against health care providers who breach an agreement entered into under sub. (3) (a). The rules shall do all of the following:
36.61(6m)(a) (a) Specify what actions constitute a breach of the agreement.
36.61(6m)(b) (b) Provide specific penalty amounts for specific breaches.
36.61(6m)(c) (c) Provide exceptions for certain actions, including breaches resulting from death or disability.
36.61(7) (7)Administration. The board shall do all of the following:
36.61(7)(a) (a) Identify communities with an extremely high need for health care, including dental health care.
36.61(7)(b) (b) Publicize the program under this section to health care providers and eligible communities.
36.61(7)(c) (c) Assist health care providers who are interested in applying for the program under this section.
36.61(7)(d) (d) Assist communities in obtaining the services of health care providers through the program under this section.
36.61(7)(e) (e) Notwithstanding subs. (3) (b) and (5) (a) and (b), ensure that moneys appropriated under s. 20.285 (1) (qj) are used under this section only to repay loans on behalf of health care providers who agree to practice in a rural area.
36.61(8) (8)Expanded loan assistance program. The board may agree to repay loans as provided under this section on behalf of a health care provider under an expanded health care provider loan assistance program that is funded through federal funds in addition to state matching funds. To be eligible for loan repayment under the expanded health care provider loan assistance program, a health care provider must fulfill all of the requirements for loan repayment under this section, as well as all of the following:
36.61(8)(a) (a) The health care provider must be a U.S. citizen.
36.61(8)(b) (b) The health care provider may not have a judgment lien against his or her property for a debt to the United States.
36.61(8)(c) (c) The health care provider must agree to do all of the following:
36.61(8)(c)1. 1. Accept medicare assignment as payment in full for services or articles provided.
36.61(8)(c)2. 2. Use a sliding fee scale or a comparable method of determining payment arrangements for patients who are not eligible for medicare or medical assistance and who are unable to pay the customary fee for the health care provider's services.
36.61(8)(c)3. 3. Practice at a public or private nonprofit entity in a health professional shortage area, if the health care provider is not a dental hygienist, or in a dental health shortage area, if the health care provider is a dental hygienist.
36.61 History History: 2009 a. 28 ss. 3046 to 3056; Stats. 2009 s. 36.61; 2009 a. 190, 276; 2011 a. 32.
36.61 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. UWS 24, Wis. adm. code.
36.62 36.62 Rural health development council. The rural health development council created under s. 15.917 (1) shall do all of the following:
36.62(1) (1)Advise the board on matters related to the physician and dentist loan assistance program under s. 36.60 and the health care provider loan assistance program under s. 36.61.
36.62(2) (2)Advise the board on the amount, up to $25,000, to be repaid on behalf of each health care provider who participates in the health care provider loan assistance program under s. 36.61.
36.62 History History: 2009 a. 28 s. 3057; Stats. 2009 s. 36.62.
36.63 36.63 Rural physician residency assistance program.
36.63(1)(1)In this section:
36.63(1)(a) (a) “Department" means the department of family medicine in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
36.63(1)(b) (b) “Physician" means a physician, as defined in s. 448.01 (5), who specializes in family practice, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics or psychiatry.
36.63(1)(c) (c) “Rural area" means any of the following:
36.63(1)(c)1. 1. A city, town, or village in this state that has a population of less than 20,000 and that is at least 15 miles from any city, town, or village that has a population of at least 20,000.
36.63(1)(c)2. 2. An area in this state that is not an urbanized area, as defined by the federal bureau of the census.
36.63(2) (2)
36.63(2)(a)(a) The department shall establish and support physician residency positions to which one of the following applies:
36.63(2)(a)1. 1. The residency position is in a hospital that is located in a rural area or in a clinic staffed by physicians who admit patients to a hospital located in a rural area.
36.63(2)(a)2. 2. The residency position includes a rural rotation, begun after June 30, 2010, which consists of at least 8 weeks of training experience in a hospital that is located in a rural area or in a clinic staffed by physicians who admit patients to a hospital located in a rural area.
36.63(2)(b) (b) In establishing and supporting residency positions under par. (a), the department shall give preference to residency programs that actively recruit graduates of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin.
36.63(3) (3)Annually by December 1, the department shall submit a plan for increasing the number of physician residency programs that include a majority of training experience in a rural area to the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, the Wisconsin Hospital Association, and the Wisconsin Medical Society. The plan shall include a detailed proposed budget for expending the moneys appropriated to the board under s. 20.285 (1) (qe) and demonstrate that the moneys do not supplant existing funding. The department shall consider comments made by the organizations in formulating its final budget.
36.63(4) (4)Annually by December 1, the department shall submit to the joint committee on finance a report that includes all of the following:
36.63(4)(a) (a) The number of physician residency positions that existed in the 2009-10 fiscal year, and in each fiscal year beginning after July 1, 2010, that included a majority of training experience in a rural area.
36.63(4)(b)1.1. The number of such physician residency positions funded in whole or in part under this section in the previous fiscal year.
36.63(4)(b)2. 2. The eligibility criteria met by each such residency position and the hospital or clinic with which the position is affiliated.
36.63(4)(b)3. 3. The medical school attended by the physician filling each such residency position.
36.63(4)(b)4. 4. The year the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education certified the residency position.
36.63(4)(b)5. 5. The reason the residency position had not been funded.
36.63 History History: 2009 a. 190.
36.64 36.64 Office of educational opportunity.
36.64(1)(1)The board shall create the office of educational opportunity within the system.
36.64(2) (2)The office of educational opportunity shall evaluate proposals for contracts under s. 118.40 (2x), monitor pupil academic performance at charter schools authorized under s. 118.40 (2x), and monitor the overall operations of charter schools authorized under s. 118.40 (2x).
36.64(3) (3)The director of the office of educational opportunity is the special assistant to the president appointed under s. 36.09 (2) (c).
36.64(4) (4)The director of the office of educational opportunity may do any of the following:
36.64(4)(a) (a) Appoint up to 2 associate directors.
36.64(4)(b) (b) Form advisory councils to make recommendations related to authorizing charter schools under s. 118.40 (2x).
36.64(4)(c) (c) Collaborate with chancellors, faculty, academic staff, and students within the system.
36.64(4)(d) (d) Solicit private gifts and grants for charter schools established under s. 118.40 (2x).
36.64(5) (5)The director of the office of educational opportunity shall report to the board any private gift or grant received by the office of educational opportunity and how the director intends to use the private gift or grant.
36.64 History History: 2015 a. 55; 2017 a. 59.
36.65 36.65 Annual reports.
36.65(1)(1)Definition. In this section, “chancellor" means the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
36.65(2) (2)Reports. Annually, the board and the chancellor shall each submit an accountability report to the governor and to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2). The reports shall include all of the following information, the board's report with respect to the system other than the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the chancellor's report with respect to the University of Wisconsin-Madison:
36.65(2)(a) (a) Performance. The graduation rate, the total number of graduates, the time needed to graduate, the number of credits needed to obtain a degree, the number of degrees awarded in fields specified in s. 36.25 (52) (a) 2. a., retention rates, placement of graduates, and the percentage of residents and nonresidents who reside in this state 10 years after graduation.
36.65(2)(b) (b) Financial. Financial reports from each institution and each college campus, prepared using generally accepted accounting principles.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 17 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on August 13, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after August 13, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 8-13-19)