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Oklahoma Volunteer Charitable Healthcare Provider Program (OVCHPP)
The Oklahoma Volunteer Charitable Healthcare Provider Program (OVCHPP) offers state tort immunity from liability to health care providers who provide care to medically indigent persons at a free clinic, and who are working within the scope of employment of a charitable health care provider. The OVCHPP also offers healthcare providers state tort immunity from liability in instances where a patient is referred from a free clinic to another charitable healthcare provider for medical services.
Click Here to view the Oklahoma Governmental Tort Claims Act.
Click Here to view the OVCHPP Program Rules
Eligible Charitable Providers
A volunteer professional or a referred volunteer professional must be engaged in the active practice of a medical professional or retired from a medically related profession, if still eligible to provide medically related professional services within this state. Eligible professions include allied health, behavioral health, dental health, emergency care, medical, nursing, pharmacy and veterinary professionals, in addition to persons licensed under 59 O.S. § 493.5, Special Volunteer License to Treat Indigent and Needy Persons - Eligible Volunteers:
2018-2019 OVCHPP Application and Contract
Healthcare professionals that works with either a free clinic or Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) should make application to OSDH for an OVCHPP Contract for 2018-2019: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 under a new process as described in the three steps below.
Effective with the 2018-2019 contract year, charitable/free clinics organizations will not be required to register with OSDH Office of Primary Care in order for a provider to receive a OVCHPP contract. The OVCHPP contract is between the State of Oklahoma and the provider – not the clinic.
All providers, regardless of new or renewal contract status will complete the 2018-2019 OVCHPP Contract Packet.
Only complete applications will be processed - please allow 30 days for processing.
How to Apply for an OVCHPP Contract
STEP 1: Complete the OVCHPP 2018-19 Contract Packet
STEP 2: Provide Documentation of Active License, Certification, etc.
Obtain/print a copy of valid license from respective board. Evidence of valid license should include a print out from public board website with provider’s active status (by conducting a licensee search).
STEP 3: Submit All Documentation by Postal Mail or E-mail
OVCHPP 2018-2019 Contract Packet
Mail All Documentation to:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Or E-Mail All Documentation to:
***Please submit all documentation in ONE PDF***
Free clinics are also eligible for malpractice coverage through the Federal Tort Claims Act. Note that requirements under the law are separate from those in the OVCHPP, and providers may apply through a different process. For more program resources and eligibility info, please visit the federal Health Resources and Services Administration's FTCA page.
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