Keys to Managing Risk with Free Clinic Healthcare Volunteers

There are several challenges that face free clinics when recruiting volunteers. With such a big demand for volunteers, it can be tempting to forego a proper background check process, verification of credentials, and license status, but doing so can present major risks to the vulnerable individuals being served. Upholding the Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) model is critical, as it assists hospitals and communities in establishing free clinics for the uninsured, each staffed by volunteer healthcare practitioners. In order for a free clinic to avail itself of the protection from malpractice suits afforded under the Federal Tort Claims Act, an effective credentialing program must first be in place. VIM expanded to include already established clinics, increasing the necessity for volunteers to uphold the VIM model.


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