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HF 3631

1st Engrossment - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 05/12/2022 03:54pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to health; modifying licensure requirements for the practice of medicine
and acupuncture; strengthening forms of disciplinary action for physicians and
physician's assistants; repealing professional corporation rules; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2020, sections 147.03, subdivision 1; 147.037, subdivision 1; 147A.16;
147B.02, subdivision 7; Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 147.141;
repealing Minnesota Rules, parts 5610.0100; 5610.0200; 5610.0300.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 147.03, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Endorsement; reciprocity.

(a) The board may issue a license to practice
medicine to any person who satisfies the requirements in paragraphs (b) to (e).

(b) The applicant shall satisfy all the requirements established in section 147.02,
subdivision 1
, paragraphs (a), (b), (d), (e), and (f).

(c) The applicant shall:

(1) have passed an examination prepared and graded by the Federation of State Medical
Boards, the National Board of Medical Examiners, or the United States Medical Licensing
Examination (USMLE) program in accordance with section 147.02, subdivision 1, paragraph
(c), clause (2); the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners; or the Medical Council
of Canada; and

(2) have a current license from the equivalent licensing agency in another state or Canada
and, if the examination in clause (1) was passed more than ten years ago, either:

(i) pass the Special Purpose Examination of the Federation of State Medical Boards deleted text beginwith
a score of 75 or better
deleted text end new text begin(SPEX) new text endwithin three attempts; or

(ii) have a current certification by a specialty board of the American Board of Medical
Specialties, of the American Osteopathic Association, the Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Canada, or of the College of Family Physicians of Canada; or

(3) if the applicant fails to meet the requirement established in section 147.02, subdivision
1, paragraph (c), clause (2), because the applicant failed to pass new text beginwithin the required three
attempts
new text endeach of steps new text beginor levels new text endone, two, and three of the USMLE deleted text beginwithin the required three
attempts
deleted text endnew text begin or the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination
(COMLEX-USA)
new text end, the applicant may be granted a license provided the applicant:

(i) has passed each of steps new text beginor levels new text endone, two, and three new text beginwithin no more than four attempts
for any of the three steps or levels
new text endwith passing scores as recommended by the USMLE new text beginor
COMLEX-USA
new text endprogram deleted text beginwithin no more than four attempts for any of the three stepsdeleted text end;

(ii) is currently licensed in another state; and

(iii) has current certification by a specialty board of the American Board of Medical
Specialties, the American Osteopathic Association deleted text beginBureau of Professional Educationdeleted text end, the
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or the College of Family Physicians
of Canada.

(d) The applicant must not be under license suspension or revocation by the licensing
board of the state or jurisdiction in which the conduct that caused the suspension or revocation
occurred.

(e) The applicant must not have engaged in conduct warranting disciplinary action against
a licenseedeleted text begin,deleted text end or have been subject to disciplinary action other than as specified in paragraph
(d). If an applicant does not satisfy the requirements stated in this paragraph, the board may
issue a license only on the applicant's showing that the public will be protected through
issuance of a license with conditions or limitations the board considers appropriate.

(f) Upon the request of an applicant, the board may conduct the final interview of the
applicant by teleconference.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 147.037, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Requirements.

The board shall issue a license to practice medicine to
any person who satisfies the requirements in paragraphs (a) to (g).

(a) The applicant shall satisfy all the requirements established in section 147.02,
subdivision 1
, paragraphs (a), (e), (f), (g), and (h).

(b) The applicant shall present evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant is a
graduate of a medical or osteopathic school approved by the board as equivalent to accredited
United States or Canadian schools based upon its faculty, curriculum, facilities, accreditation,
or other relevant data. If the applicant is a graduate of a medical or osteopathic program
that is not accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education or the American
Osteopathic Association, the applicant may use the Federation of State Medical Boards'
Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) or its successor. If the applicant uses
this service as allowed under this paragraph, the physician application fee may be less than
$200 but must not exceed the cost of administering this paragraph.

(c) The applicant shall present evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant has
been awarded a certificate by the Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates, and
the applicant has a working ability in the English language sufficient to communicate with
patients and physicians and to engage in the practice of medicine.

(d) The applicant shall present evidence satisfactory to the board of the completion of
one year of graduate, clinical medical training in a program accredited by a national
accrediting organization approved by the board or other graduate training approved in
advance by the board as meeting standards similar to those of a national accrediting
organization. This requirement does not applynew text begin to an applicant who is admitted pursuant to
the rules of the United States Department of Labor and
new text end:

(1) deleted text beginto an applicantdeleted text end who deleted text beginisdeleted text endnew text begin wasnew text end admitted as a permanent immigrant to the United States
on or before October 1, 1991, as a person of exceptional ability in the sciences according
to Code of Federal Regulations, title 20, section 656.22(d); or

(2) deleted text beginto an applicant holdingdeleted text endnew text begin who holdsnew text end a valid license to practice medicine in another
country and new text beginwas new text endissued a permanent immigrant visa after October 1, 1991, as a person of
extraordinary ability in the field of science or as an outstanding professor or researcher
according to Code of Federal Regulations, title 8, section 204.5(h) and (i), or a temporary
nonimmigrant visa as a person of extraordinary ability in the field of science according to
Code of Federal Regulations, title 8, section 214.2(o)deleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin.
new text end

deleted text begin provided that a person under clause (1) or (2) is admitted pursuant to rules of the United
States Department of Labor.
deleted text end

(e) The applicant must:

(1) have passed an examination prepared and graded by the Federation of State Medical
Boards, the United States Medical Licensing Examinationnew text begin (USMLE)new text end program in accordance
with section 147.02, subdivision 1, paragraph (c), clause (2), or the Medical Council of
Canada; and

(2) if the examination in clause (1) was passed more than ten years ago, either:

(i) pass the Special Purpose Examination of the Federation of State Medical Boards deleted text beginwith
a score of 75 or better within three attempts
deleted text endnew text begin (SPEX) or the Comprehensive Osteopathic
Medical Variable-Purpose Examination of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical
Examiners (COMVEX). The applicant must pass the SPEX or COMVEX within no more
than three attempts of taking the SPEX, COMVEX, or a combination of the SPEX and
COMVEX
new text end; or

(ii) have a current certification by a specialty board of the American Board of Medical
Specialties, deleted text beginofdeleted text end the American Osteopathic Association, deleted text beginofdeleted text end the Royal College of Physicians
and Surgeons of Canada, or deleted text beginofdeleted text end the College of Family Physicians of Canada; or

(3) if the applicant fails to meet the requirement established in section 147.02, subdivision
1, paragraph (c), clause (2), because the applicant failed to pass new text beginwithin the required three
attempts
new text endeach of steps new text beginor levels new text endone, two, and three of the USMLE deleted text beginwithin the required three
attempts
deleted text endnew text begin or the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination
(COMLEX-USA)
new text end, the applicant may be granted a license provided the applicant:

(i) has passed each of steps new text beginor levels new text endone, two, and three new text beginwithin no more than four attempts
for any of the three steps or levels
new text endwith passing scores as recommended by the USMLE new text beginor
COMLEX-USA
new text endprogram deleted text beginwithin no more than four attempts for any of the three stepsdeleted text end;

(ii) is currently licensed in another state; and

(iii) has current certification by a specialty board of the American Board of Medical
Specialties, the American Osteopathic Association, the Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Canada, or the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

(f) The applicant must not be under license suspension or revocation by the licensing
board of the state or jurisdiction in which the conduct that caused the suspension or revocation
occurred.

(g) The applicant must not have engaged in conduct warranting disciplinary action
against a licenseedeleted text begin,deleted text end or have been subject to disciplinary action other than as specified in
paragraph (f). If an applicant does not satisfy the requirements stated in this paragraph, the
board may issue a license only on the applicant's showing that the public will be protected
through issuance of a license with conditions or limitations the board considers appropriate.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 147.141, is amended to read:


147.141 FORMS OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

When the board finds that a licensed physician or a physician registered under section
147.032 has violated a provision or provisions of sections 147.01 to 147.22, it may do one
or more of the following:

(1) revoke the license;

(2) suspend the license;

(3) revoke or suspend registration to perform interstate telehealth;

(4) impose limitations or conditions on the physician's practice of medicine, including
new text begin limiting new text endthe deleted text beginlimitation ofdeleted text end scope of practice to designated field specialties; deleted text beginthe imposition ofdeleted text endnew text begin
imposing
new text end retraining or rehabilitation requirements; deleted text beginthe requirement ofdeleted text endnew text begin requiringnew text end practice
under supervision; or deleted text beginthedeleted text end conditioning deleted text beginofdeleted text end continued practice on demonstration of knowledge
or skills by appropriate examination or other review of skill and competence;

(5) impose a civil penalty not exceeding $10,000 for each separate violation, the amount
of the civil penalty to be fixed deleted text beginso asdeleted text end to deprive the physician of any economic advantage
gained by reason of the violation charged or to reimburse the board for the cost of the
investigation and proceeding;

(6) order the physician to provide unremunerated professional service under supervision
at a designated public hospital, clinic, or other health care institution; or

(7) censure or reprimand the licensed physician.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 147A.16, is amended to read:


147A.16 FORMS OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

new text begin (a) new text endWhen the board finds that a licensed physician assistant has violated a provision of
this chapter, it may do one or more of the following:

(1) revoke the license;

(2) suspend the license;

(3) impose limitations or conditions on the physician assistant's practice, including
limiting the scope of practice to designated field specialties; imposing retraining or
rehabilitation requirements; or limiting practice until demonstration of knowledge or skills
by appropriate examination or other review of skill and competence;

(4) impose a civil penalty not exceeding $10,000 for each separate violation, the amount
of the civil penalty to be fixed deleted text beginso asdeleted text end to deprive the physician assistant of any economic
advantage gained by reason of the violation charged or to reimburse the board for the cost
of the investigation and proceeding; or

(5) censure or reprimand the licensed physician assistant.

new text begin (b) new text endUpon judicial review of any board disciplinary action taken under this chapter, the
reviewing court shall seal the administrative record, except for the board's final decision,
and shall not make the administrative record available to the public.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 147B.02, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Licensure requirements.

(a) deleted text beginAfter June 30, 1997,deleted text end An applicant for licensure
must:

(1) submit a completed application for licensure on forms provided by the board, which
must include the applicant's name and address of record, which shall be public;

(2) unless licensed under subdivision 5 or 6, submit deleted text begina notarized copy of adeleted text endnew text begin evidence
satisfactory to the board of
new text end current NCCAOM certification;

(3) sign a statement that the information in the application is true and correct to the best
of the applicant's knowledge and belief;

(4) submit with the application all fees required; and

(5) sign a waiver authorizing the board to obtain access to the applicant's records in this
state or any state in which the applicant has engaged in the practice of acupuncture.

(b) The board may ask the applicant to provide any additional information necessary to
ensure that the applicant is able to practice with reasonable skill and safety to the public.

(c) The board may investigate information provided by an applicant to new text begindetermine new text endwhether
the information is accurate and complete. The board shall notify an applicant of action taken
on the application and the reasons for denying licensure if licensure is denied.

Sec. 6. new text beginREPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Rules, parts 5610.0100; 5610.0200; and 5610.0300, new text end new text begin are repealed.
new text end

APPENDIX

Repealed Minnesota Rule: H3631-1

5610.0100 SWORN STATEMENT TO BOARD.

At the time a professional corporation files with the board the copy of its articles of incorporation as required by Minnesota Statutes, section 319A.08, and annually thereafter when such corporation files with the board its annual report as required by Minnesota Statutes, section 319A.21, it shall file with the board a statement under oath as to each and all of the following:

A.

the address of the registered office of the corporation and the name of its proposed registered agent, if any, for service and process;

B.

the name or names and respective office and residence addresses of the directors and officers of the corporation;

C.

in the case of a corporation organized under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 301, a statement of the aggregate number of issued shares, itemized by classes and the person or persons to whom issued;

D.

in the case of a corporation organized under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 317A, a statement of the names of the members of the corporation if no stock has been issued, or if stock has been issued, a statement of the aggregate number of issued shares, itemized by classes and the person or persons to whom issued;

E.

a description of the nature of the professional services and ancillary services, if any, to be provided by the corporation;

F.

the location or locations of the premises at which the applicant corporation proposes to provide professional services;

G.

a statement listing the name or names of employees, other than members or shareholders of the corporation, who are licensed under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 147, to practice medicine and surgery within the state of Minnesota; and

H.

a statement whether or not all shareholders, members, directors, officers, employees, and agents rendering professional service in Minnesota on behalf of the corporation are licensed to practice medicine and surgery in Minnesota or are otherwise authorized to render the professional service being rendered by the corporation.

5610.0200 SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION OF LICENSE OF SHAREHOLDER, MEMBER, DIRECTOR, OFFICER, EMPLOYEE, OR AGENT.

If the license to practice medicine in Minnesota of any shareholder, member, director, officer, employee, or agent rendering professional service in this state on behalf of the corporation is revoked or suspended by the board, the corporation shall forthwith remove from office and terminate the employment of such shareholder, member, director, officer, employee, or agent, and shall not reinstate in office or reemploy such shareholder, member, director, officer, employee, or agent unless and until the license to practice medicine in Minnesota is restored by the board.

5610.0300 WRITTEN NOTICE REQUIREMENT.

Every professional corporation shall promptly notify the board in writing upon the happening of any of the following events:

A.

the death of any shareholder, member, director, officer, employee, or agent who is licensed to practice medicine in Minnesota;

B.

the revocation or suspension of the license to practice medicine in Minnesota of any shareholder, member, director, officer, employee, or agent;

C.

the amendment of the articles of incorporation or bylaws of the corporation, in which case a copy of such amendment shall be furnished to the board with such notice;

D.

a change in the registered office of the corporation;

E.

a change in the registered agent of the corporation;

F.

the admission, election, or employment of a new shareholder, member, director, officer, employee, or agent of the corporation;

G.

the termination, replacement, or discharge of a shareholder, member, director, officer, employee, or agent, in which case the professional corporation shall notify the board of the date thereof and reason therefor;

H.

a change in the nature of the professional services and ancillary services, if any, provided by the corporation; or

I.

a change in the location or locations of the premises at which the corporation provides or intends to provide professional services.