1st Engrossment - 79th Legislature (1995 - 1996) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to occupations and professions; board of 1.3 medical practice; changing licensing requirements for 1.4 foreign applicants; changing certain disciplinary 1.5 procedures; amending Minnesota Statutes 1994, sections 1.6 147.037, subdivision 1; 147.091, subdivisions 1, 2, 1.7 and 6; 147.121, subdivision 2; 148.70; and 148.72, 1.8 subdivision 1; proposing coding for new law in 1.9 Minnesota Statutes, chapter 147. 1.10 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.11 Section 1. [147.011] [DEFINITION.] 1.12 For the purpose of this chapter, "regulated person" or 1.13 "person regulated by the board" means a person licensed, 1.14 registered, or regulated in any other manner by the board of 1.15 medical practice. 1.16 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 147.037, 1.17 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 1.18 Subdivision 1. [REQUIREMENTS.] The board shall issue a 1.19 license to practice medicine to any person who satisfies the 1.20 requirements in paragraphs (a) to (g). 1.21 (a) The applicant shall satisfy all the requirements 1.22 established in section 147.02, subdivision 1, paragraphs (a), 1.23 (e), (f), (g), and (h). 1.24 (b) The applicant shall present evidence satisfactory to 1.25 the board that the applicant is a graduate of a medical or 1.26 osteopathic school approved by the board as equivalent to 1.27 accredited United States or Canadian schools based upon its 2.1 faculty, curriculum, facilities, accreditation, or other 2.2 relevant data. 2.3 (c) The applicant shall present evidence satisfactory to 2.4 the board that the applicant has been awarded a certificate by 2.5 the educational council for foreign medical graduates, and the 2.6 applicant has a working ability in the English language 2.7 sufficient to communicate with patients and physicians and to 2.8 engage in the practice of medicine. 2.9 (d) The applicant shall present evidence satisfactory to 2.10 the board of the completion of two years of graduate, clinical 2.11 medical training in a program located in the United States, its 2.12 territories, or Canada and accredited by a national accrediting 2.13 organization approved by the board
or other graduate training2.14 approved in advance by the board as meeting standards similar to2.15 those of a national accrediting organization. This requirement 2.16 does not apply: 2.17 (1) to an applicant who is admitted as a permanent 2.18 immigrant to the United States as a person of exceptional 2.19 ability in the sciences ,; 2.20 (2) to an applicant holding a valid license to practice 2.21 medicine in another country and issued a permanent immigrant 2.22 visa after October 1, 1991, as a person of extraordinary ability 2.23 or as an outstanding professor or researcher provided that a 2.24 person under clause (1) or (2) is admitted pursuant to rules of 2.25 the United States Department of Labor and has completed one year2.26 of the graduate, clinical medical training required by this2.27 paragraph,; or meeting standards similar to those of a national 2.28 accrediting organization; or 2.29 (3) to an applicant who is licensed in another state, has 2.30 practiced five years without disciplinary action in the United 2.31 States, its territories, or Canada, has completed one year of 2.32 the graduate, clinical medical training required by this 2.33 paragraph, and has passed the Special Purpose Examination of the 2.34 Federation of State Medical Boards within three attempts in the 2.35 24 months before licensing. 2.36 (e) The applicant must: 3.1 (1) within ten years prior to application have passed an 3.2 examination prepared and graded by the Federation of State 3.3 Medical Boards, the United States Medical Licensing Examination 3.4 program, or the Medical Council of Canada; or 3.5 (2) have a current license from the equivalent licensing 3.6 agency in another state or Canada; and 3.7 (i) pass the Special Purpose Examination of the Federation 3.8 of State Medical Boards with a score of 75 or better within 3.9 three attempts; or 3.10 (ii) have a current certification by a specialty board of 3.11 the American Board of Medical Specialties, of the American 3.12 Osteopathic Association Bureau of Professional Education, orof 3.13 the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or of 3.14 the College of Family Physicians of Canada. 3.15 (f) The applicant must not be under license suspension or 3.16 revocation by the licensing board of the state or jurisdiction 3.17 in which the conduct that caused the suspension or revocation 3.18 occurred. 3.19 (g) The applicant must not have engaged in conduct 3.20 warranting disciplinary action against a licensee, or have been 3.21 subject to disciplinary action other than as specified in 3.22 paragraph (f). If an applicant does not satisfy the 3.23 requirements stated in this paragraph, the board may issue a 3.24 license only on the applicant's showing that the public will be 3.25 protected through issuance of a license with conditions or 3.26 limitations the board considers appropriate. 3.27 Sec. 3. [147.0381] [CANCELLATION OF CREDENTIALS UNDER 3.28 DISCIPLINARY ORDER.] 3.29 Subdivision 1. [BOARD APPROVAL; REPORTING.] A person 3.30 regulated by the board, whose right to practice is under 3.31 suspension, condition, limitation, qualification, or restriction 3.32 by the board may be granted cancellation of credentials by 3.33 approval of the board. Such action by the board shall be 3.34 reported as cancellation while under discipline. 3.35 Credentials, for purposes of this section, means board 3.36 authorized documentation of the privilege to practice a 4.1 board-regulated profession. 4.2 Subd. 2. [FEES NONREFUNDABLE.] A person regulated by the 4.3 board who receives board approval for credential cancellation is 4.4 not entitled to a refund of any fees paid for the credentialing 4.5 year in which cancellation of the credential occurred. 4.6 Subd. 3. [NEW CREDENTIAL AFTER CANCELLATION.] If a person 4.7 regulated by the board, who has been granted board approval for 4.8 credential cancellation, desires to resume the practice of the 4.9 regulated profession in Minnesota, that person must obtain a new 4.10 credential by applying to the board and fulfilling the 4.11 requirements then in existence for obtaining an initial 4.12 credential to practice the regulated profession in Minnesota. 4.13 Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 147.091, 4.14 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 4.15 Subdivision 1. [GROUNDS LISTED.] The board may refuse to 4.16 grant a license or may impose disciplinary action as described 4.17 in section 147.141 against any physician. The following conduct 4.18 is prohibited and is grounds for disciplinary action: 4.19 (a) Failure to demonstrate the qualifications or satisfy 4.20 the requirements for a license contained in this chapter or 4.21 rules of the board. The burden of proof shall be upon the 4.22 applicant to demonstrate such qualifications or satisfaction of 4.23 such requirements. 4.24 (b) Obtaining a license by fraud or cheating, or attempting 4.25 to subvert the licensing examination process. Conduct which 4.26 subverts or attempts to subvert the licensing examination 4.27 process includes, but is not limited to: (1) conduct which 4.28 violates the security of the examination materials, such as 4.29 removing examination materials from the examination room or 4.30 having unauthorized possession of any portion of a future, 4.31 current, or previously administered licensing examination; (2) 4.32 conduct which violates the standard of test administration, such 4.33 as communicating with another examinee during administration of 4.34 the examination, copying another examinee's answers, permitting 4.35 another examinee to copy one's answers, or possessing 4.36 unauthorized materials; or (3) impersonating an examinee or 5.1 permitting an impersonator to take the examination on one's own 5.2 behalf. 5.3 (c) Conviction, during the previous five years, of a felony 5.4 reasonably related to the practice of medicine or osteopathy. 5.5 Conviction as used in this subdivision shall include a 5.6 conviction of an offense which if committed in this state would 5.7 be deemed a felony without regard to its designation elsewhere, 5.8 or a criminal proceeding where a finding or verdict of guilt is 5.9 made or returned but the adjudication of guilt is either 5.10 withheld or not entered thereon. 5.11 (d) Revocation, suspension, restriction, limitation, or 5.12 other disciplinary action against the person's medical license 5.13 in another state or jurisdiction, failure to report to the board 5.14 that charges regarding the person's license have been brought in 5.15 another state or jurisdiction, or having been refused a license 5.16 by any other state or jurisdiction. 5.17 (e) Advertising which is false or misleading, which 5.18 violates any rule of the board, or which claims without 5.19 substantiation the positive cure of any disease, or professional 5.20 superiority to or greater skill than that possessed by another 5.21 physician. 5.22 (f) Violating a rule promulgated by the board or an order 5.23 of the board, a state, or federal law which relates to the 5.24 practice of medicine, or in part regulates the practice of 5.25 medicine including without limitation sections 148A.02, 609.344, 5.26 and 609.345, or a state or federal narcotics or controlled 5.27 substance law. 5.28 (g) Engaging in any unethical conduct; conduct likely to 5.29 deceive, defraud, or harm the public, or demonstrating a willful 5.30 or careless disregard for the health, welfare or safety of a 5.31 patient; or medical practice which is professionally 5.32 incompetent, in that it may create unnecessary danger to any 5.33 patient's life, health, or safety, in any of which cases, proof 5.34 of actual injury need not be established. 5.35 (h) Failure to supervise a physician's assistant or failure 5.36 to supervise a physician under any agreement with the board. 6.1 (i) Aiding or abetting an unlicensed person in the practice 6.2 of medicine, except that it is not a violation of this paragraph 6.3 for a physician to employ, supervise, or delegate functions to a 6.4 qualified person who may or may not be required to obtain a 6.5 license or registration to provide health services if that 6.6 person is practicing within the scope of that person's license 6.7 or registration or delegated authority. 6.8 (j) Adjudication as mentally incompetent, mentally ill or 6.9 mentally retarded, or as a chemically dependent person, a person 6.10 dangerous to the public, a sexually dangerous person, or a 6.11 person who has a sexual psychopathic personality by a court of 6.12 competent jurisdiction, within or without this state. Such 6.13 adjudication shall automatically suspend a license for the 6.14 duration thereof unless the board orders otherwise. 6.15 (k) Engaging in unprofessional conduct. Unprofessional 6.16 conduct shall include any departure from or the failure to 6.17 conform to the minimal standards of acceptable and prevailing 6.18 medical practice in which proceeding actual injury to a patient 6.19 need not be established. 6.20 (l) Inability to practice medicine with reasonable skill 6.21 and safety to patients by reason of illness, drunkenness, use of 6.22 drugs, narcotics, chemicals or any other type of material or as 6.23 a result of any mental or physical condition, including 6.24 deterioration through the aging process or loss of motor skills. 6.25 (m) Revealing a privileged communication from or relating 6.26 to a patient except when otherwise required or permitted by law. 6.27 (n) Failure by a doctor of osteopathy to identify the 6.28 school of healing in the professional use of the doctor's name 6.29 by one of the following terms: osteopathic physician and 6.30 surgeon, doctor of osteopathy, or D.O. 6.31 (o) Improper management of medical records, including 6.32 failure to maintain adequate medical records, to comply with a 6.33 patient's request made pursuant to section 144.335 or to furnish 6.34 a medical record or report required by law. 6.35 (p) Fee splitting, including without limitation: 6.36 (1) paying, offering to pay, receiving, or agreeing to 7.1 receive, a commission, rebate, or remuneration, directly or 7.2 indirectly, primarily for the referral of patients or the 7.3 prescription of drugs or devices; 7.4 (2) dividing fees with another physician or a professional 7.5 corporation, unless the division is in proportion to the 7.6 services provided and the responsibility assumed by each 7.7 professional and the physician has disclosed the terms of the 7.8 division; 7.9 (3) referring a patient to any health care provider as 7.10 defined in section 144.335 in which the referring physician has 7.11 a significant financial interest unless the physician has 7.12 disclosed the physician's own financial interest; and 7.13 (4) dispensing for profit any drug or device, unless the 7.14 physician has disclosed the physician's own profit interest. 7.15 The physician must make the disclosures required in this clause 7.16 in advance and in writing to the patient and must include in the 7.17 disclosure a statement that the patient is free to choose a 7.18 different health care provider. This clause does not apply to 7.19 the distribution of revenues from a partnership, group practice, 7.20 nonprofit corporation, or professional corporation to its 7.21 partners, shareholders, members, or employees if the revenues 7.22 consist only of fees for services performed by the physician or 7.23 under a physician's direct supervision, or to the division or 7.24 distribution of prepaid or capitated health care premiums, or 7.25 fee-for-service withhold amounts paid under contracts 7.26 established under other state law. 7.27 (q) Engaging in abusive or fraudulent billing practices, 7.28 including violations of the federal Medicare and Medicaid laws 7.29 or state medical assistance laws. 7.30 (r) Becoming addicted or habituated to a drug or intoxicant. 7.31 (s) Prescribing a drug or device for other than medically 7.32 accepted therapeutic or experimental or investigative purposes 7.33 authorized by a state or federal agency or referring a patient 7.34 to any health care provider as defined in section 144.335 for 7.35 services or tests not medically indicated at the time of 7.36 referral. 8.1 (t) Engaging in conduct with a patient which is sexual or 8.2 may reasonably be interpreted by the patient as sexual, or in 8.3 any verbal behavior which is seductive or sexually demeaning to 8.4 a patient. 8.5 (u) Failure to make reports as required by section 147.111 8.6 or to cooperate with an investigation of the board as required 8.7 by section 147.131. 8.8 (v) Knowingly providing false or misleading information 8.9 that is directly related to the care of that patient unless done 8.10 for an accepted therapeutic purpose such as the administration 8.11 of a placebo. 8.12 (w) Aiding suicide or aiding attempted suicide in violation 8.13 of section 609.215 as established by any of the following: 8.14 (1) a copy of the record of criminal conviction or plea of 8.15 guilty for a felony in violation of section 609.215, subdivision 8.16 1 or 2; 8.17 (2) a copy of the record of a judgment of contempt of court 8.18 for violating an injunction issued under section 609.215, 8.19 subdivision 4; 8.20 (3) a copy of the record of a judgment assessing damages 8.21 under section 609.215, subdivision 5; or 8.22 (4) a finding by the board that the person violated section 8.23 609.215, subdivision 1 or 2. The board shall investigate any 8.24 complaint of a violation of section 609.215, subdivision 1 or 2. 8.25 (x) Practice of a board regulated profession under lapsed 8.26 or nonrenewed credentials. 8.27 (y) Failure to repay a state or federally secured student 8.28 loan in accordance with the provisions of the loan. 8.29 Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 147.091, 8.30 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 8.31 Subd. 2. [EFFECTIVE DATES.] A suspension, revocation, 8.32 condition, limitation, qualification or restriction of a license 8.33 shall be in effect pending determination of an appeal unless the 8.34 court, upon petition and for good cause shown, shall otherwise 8.35 order. 8.36 A license to practice medicine is automatically suspended 9.1 if (1) a guardian of the person of a licensee is appointed by 9.2 order of a court pursuant to sections 525.54 to 525.61, for 9.3 reasons other than the minority of the licensee; or (2) the 9.4 licensee is committed by order of a court pursuant to chapter 9.5 253B. The license remains suspended until the licensee is 9.6 restored to capacity by a court and, upon petition by the 9.7 licensee, the suspension is terminated by the board after a 9.8 hearing. 9.9 Upon notice to the board of a judgment of, or a plea of 9.10 guilty to, a felony reasonably related to the practice of 9.11 patient care, the credentials of the regulated person shall be 9.12 automatically suspended by the board. The credentials shall 9.13 remain suspended until, upon petition by the regulated person 9.14 and after a hearing, the suspension is terminated by the board. 9.15 The board shall indefinitely suspend or revoke the 9.16 credentials of the regulated person, if after a hearing, the 9.17 board finds that the felonious conduct would cause a serious 9.18 risk of harm to the public. 9.19 The regulated person may be reinstated to practice, either 9.20 with or without restrictions, by demonstrating clear and 9.21 convincing evidence of rehabilitation, as provided in section 9.22 364.03. If the regulated person's conviction is subsequently 9.23 overturned by court decision, the board shall conduct a hearing 9.24 to review the suspension within 30 days after receipt of the 9.25 court decision. The regulated person is not required to prove 9.26 rehabilitation if the subsequent court decision overturns 9.27 previous court findings of public risk. 9.28 Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 147.091, 9.29 subdivision 6, is amended to read: 9.30 Subd. 6. [MENTAL EXAMINATION; ACCESS TO MEDICAL DATA.] (a) 9.31 If the board has probable cause to believe that a physician9.32 regulated person comes under subdivision 1, paragraph (1), it 9.33 may direct the physicianperson to submit to a mental or 9.34 physical examination. For the purpose of this subdivision every 9.35 physician licensed under this chapterregulated person is deemed 9.36 to have consented to submit to a mental or physical examination 10.1 when directed in writing by the board and further to have waived 10.2 all objections to the admissibility of the examining physicians' 10.3 testimony or examination reports on the ground that the same 10.4 constitute a privileged communication. Failure of a physician10.5 regulated person to submit to an examination when directed 10.6 constitutes an admission of the allegations against the 10.7 physicianperson, unless the failure was due to circumstance 10.8 beyond the physician'sperson's control, in which case a default 10.9 and final order may be entered without the taking of testimony 10.10 or presentation of evidence. A physicianregulated person 10.11 affected under this paragraph shall at reasonable intervals be 10.12 given an opportunity to demonstrate that the physicianperson 10.13 can resume the competent practice of medicinethe regulated 10.14 profession with reasonable skill and safety to patientsthe 10.15 public. 10.16 In any proceeding under this paragraph, neither the record 10.17 of proceedings nor the orders entered by the board shall be used 10.18 against a physicianregulated person in any other proceeding. 10.19 (b) In addition to ordering a physical or mental 10.20 examination, the board may, notwithstanding section 13.42, 10.21 144.651, or any other law limiting access to medical or other 10.22 health data, obtain medical data and health records relating to 10.23 a licenseeregulated person or applicant without the licensee's10.24 person's or applicant's consent if the board has probable cause 10.25 to believe that a physicianregulated person comes under 10.26 subdivision 1, paragraph (1). The medical data may be requested 10.27 from a provider, as defined in section 144.335, subdivision 1, 10.28 paragraph (b), an insurance company, or a government agency, 10.29 including the department of human services. A provider, 10.30 insurance company, or government agency shall comply with any 10.31 written request of the board under this subdivision and is not 10.32 liable in any action for damages for releasing the data 10.33 requested by the board if the data are released pursuant to a 10.34 written request under this subdivision, unless the information 10.35 is false and the provider giving the information knew, or had 10.36 reason to believe, the information was false. Information 11.1 obtained under this subdivision is classified as private under 11.2 sections 13.01 to 13.87. 11.3 Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 147.121, 11.4 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 11.5 Subd. 2. [INVESTIGATION; INDEMNIFICATION.] (a) Members of 11.6 the board, persons employed by the board, andconsultants 11.7 retained by the board for the purpose of investigation of 11.8 violations or, the preparation and managementof charges of11.9 violations of sections 147.01 to 147.22and management of board 11.10 orders on behalf of the board are immune from civil liability 11.11 and criminal prosecution for any actions, transactions, or 11.12 publications in the execution of, or relating to, their duties 11.13 under sections 147.01 to 147.22. 11.14 (b) For purposes of this section, a member of the board or 11.15 a consultant described in paragraph (a) is considered a state 11.16 employee under section 3.736, subdivision 9. 11.17 Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 148.70, is 11.18 amended to read: 11.19 148.70 [APPLICANTS, QUALIFICATIONS.] 11.20 It shall be the duty of the board of medical practice with 11.21 the advice and assistance of the physical therapy council to 11.22 pass upon the qualifications of applicants for registration, 11.23 continuing education requirements for reregistration, provide 11.24 for and conduct all examinations following satisfactory 11.25 completion of all didactic requirements, determine the 11.26 applicants who successfully pass the examination, and duly 11.27 register such applicants after the applicant has presented 11.28 evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant has 11.29 completed a program of education or continuing education 11.30 approved by the board. 11.31 The passing score for examinations taken after July 1, 11.32 1995, shall be based on objective, numerical standards, as 11.33 established by a nationally recognized board approved testing 11.34 service. 11.35 Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 148.72, 11.36 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 12.1 Subdivision 1. [ISSUANCE OF REGISTRATION WITHOUT 12.2 EXAMINATION.] On payment to the board of a fee in the amount set 12.3 by the board and on submission of a written application on forms 12.4 provided by the board, the board shall issue registration 12.5 without examination to a person who is licensed or otherwise 12.6 registered as a physical therapist by another state of the 12.7 United States of America, its possessions, or the District of 12.8 Columbia, if the requirements for licensure or registration in 12.9 the state, possession, or District were at the date of license12.10 or registration by the state substantiallyare equal to, or 12.11 greater than, the requirements set forth in sections 148.65 to 12.12 148.78.