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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 26, HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS

    Chapter 13:

      Section: 26:13-18: Emergency powers regarding health care personnel.

          
18. During a state of public health emergency, the commissioner may exercise, for such period as the state of public health emergency exists, the following emergency powers regarding health care personnel:

a. To require in-State health care providers to assist in the performance of vaccination, treatment, examination or testing of any individual;

b. To appoint and prescribe the duties of such out-of-State emergency health care providers as may be reasonable and necessary to respond to the public health emergency, as provided in this subsection.

(1) The appointment of out-of-State emergency health care providers may be for such period of time as the commissioner deems appropriate, but shall not exceed the duration of the public health emergency. The commissioner may terminate the out-of-State appointments at any time or for any reason if the termination will not jeopardize the health, safety and welfare of the people of this State.

(2) The commissioner may waive any State licensing requirements, permits, fees, applicable orders, rules and regulations concerning professional practice in this State by health care providers from other jurisdictions; and

c. To authorize the State Medical Examiner, during the public health emergency, to appoint and prescribe the duties of county medical examiners, regional medical examiners, designated forensic pathologists, their assistants, out-of-State medical examiners and others as may be required for the proper performance of the duties of the office.

(1) The appointment of persons pursuant to this subsection may be for a limited or unlimited time, but shall not exceed the duration of the public health emergency. The State Medical Examiner may terminate the out-of-State appointments at any time or for any reason.

(2) The State Medical Examiner may waive any licensing requirements, permits or fees otherwise required for the performance of these duties, so long as the appointed emergency assistant medical examiner is competent to properly perform the duties of the office. In addition, if from another jurisdiction, the appointee shall possess the licensing, permit or fee requirement for medical examiners or assistant medical examiners in that jurisdiction.

d. (1) An in-State health care provider required to assist pursuant to subsection a. of this section and an out-of-State emergency health care provider appointed pursuant to subsection b. of this section shall not be liable for any civil damages as a result of the provider's acts or omissions in providing medical care or treatment related to the public health emergency in good faith and in accordance with the provisions of this act.

(2) An in-State health care provider required to assist pursuant to subsection a. of this section and an out-of-State emergency health care provider appointed pursuant to subsection b. of this section shall not be liable for any civil damages as a result of the provider's acts or omissions in undertaking public health preparedness activities, which activities shall include but not be limited to pre-event planning, drills and other public health preparedness efforts, in good faith and in accordance with the provisions of this act.

L.2005,c.222,s.18.



This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:49.






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