(1) On or before July 1, 2013, the director of the division of professions and occupations shall implement a system to collect health care work force data from health care professionals who are eligible for the Colorado health service corps pursuant to part 5 of article 1.5 of title 25, C.R.S., from practical and professional nurses licensed pursuant to article 38 of title 12, C.R.S., and from pharmacists who are licensed pursuant to article 22 of title 12, C.R.S., collectively referred to in this section as “health care professionals”. Each health care professional shall submit the data as part of the initial licensure process and upon the renewal of his or her license. No executive department or board is responsible for verifying the data or disciplining a health care professional for noncompliance with this section.
(2) The director of the division of professions and occupations shall request each health care professional to provide data recommended by the director of the primary care office in consultation with the advisory group formed pursuant to subsection (3) of this section. The director of the division of professions and occupations has final approval authority regarding the form and manner of the data collected. The data collected concerns:
(a) Each practice address of the health care professional;
(b) The number of hours the health care professional provides direct patient care at each practice location;
(c) Any specialties of the health care professional, if applicable;
(d) Information about each practice setting type;
(e) The health care professional's education and training related to his or her profession; and
(f) The year of birth of the health care professional.
(3)(a) The director of the primary care office created in section 25-1.5-403, C.R.S ., shall designate an advisory group composed of a representative of the department of regulatory agencies as determined by the executive director, the director of the division of professions and occupations in the department of regulatory agencies, or his or her designee, representatives of the affected health care professions, and individuals with expertise in health care work force research, analysis, and planning to be convened by a nonprofit statewide membership organization that provides programs and services to enhance rural health care in Colorado. The members of the advisory group shall serve without compensation or reimbursement for actual or necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The advisory group shall recommend the structure of the data elements in subsection (2) of this section. The advisory group shall consider, but is not limited to using, the division of professions and occupations' existing data fields as a possible structure for the data elements recommended in this section. The director of the division of professions and occupations has final approval authority regarding the structure of the data elements.
(b) The director of the division of professions and occupations shall ensure that the data provided by health care professionals is available to the primary care office in electronic format for analysis. A member of the public may request, in writing, unanalyzed data from the primary care office. Data available to the public must be limited to unique records that do not include names or other identifying information.
(c) The advisory group is repealed, effective September 1, 2022. Before the repeal, the department of regulatory agencies shall review the advisory group pursuant to section 2-3-1203, C.R.S .
(4)(a) The director of the division of professions and occupations is authorized to seek and accept gifts, grants, or donations from private or public sources for the purposes of this section; except that the director may not accept a gift, grant, or donation that is subject to conditions that are inconsistent with this section or any other law of the state. The director shall transmit all private and public moneys received through gifts, grants, or donations to the state treasurer, who shall credit the same to the division of professions and occupations cash fund created in section 24-34-105 . The moneys in the fund are subject to annual appropriation by the general assembly to the director for the direct and indirect costs associated with implementing this section.
(b) Repealed by Laws 2014, Ch. 302, § 24, eff. May 31, 2014.
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