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CHAPTER 44-H.F.No. 226 An act relating to occupations and professions; requiring reporting of certain insurance settlements to board of medical practice; amending Minnesota Statutes 1994, sections 147.111, subdivision 5; and 147.161, subdivision 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 147.111, subdivision 5, is amended to read: Subd. 5. [INSURERS AND OTHER ENTITIES.] (a) Four times each year as prescribed by the board, each insurer authorized to sell insurance described in section 60A.06, subdivision 1, clause (13), and providing professional liability insurance to
physicians, and any medical clinic, hospital, political subdivision or other entity that self-insures and provides professional liability coverage to physicianspersons regulated by the board, shall submit to the board a report concerning the physiciansregulated persons against whom medicalprofessional malpractice settlements or awards have been made to the plaintiff. (b) A medical clinic, hospital, political subdivision, or other entity which provides professional liability coverage on behalf of persons regulated by the board shall submit to the board a report concerning malpractice settlements or awards paid on behalf of regulated persons, and any settlements or awards paid by a clinic, hospital, political subdivision, or other entity on its own behalf because of care rendered by regulated persons. This requirement excludes forgiveness of bills. The report shall be made to the board within 30 days of payment of all or part of any settlement or award. (c) The reportreports in paragraphs (a) and (b) must contain at least the following information: (1) the total number of medical malpracticesettlements or awards made to the plaintiff; (2) the date the medical malpracticesettlements or awards to the plaintiff were made; (3) the allegations contained in the claim or complaint leading to the settlements or awards made to the plaintiff; (4) the dollar amount of each medical malpracticesettlement or award; (5) the regular address of the practice or business of the physicianregulated person or entity against whom an award was made or with whom a settlement was made; and (6) the name of the physicianregulated person or entity against whom an award was made or with whom a settlement was made. The insurance companyreporting entity shall, in addition to the above information, report to the board any information it possesses which tends to substantiate a charge that a physicianregulated person may have engaged in conduct violating sections 147.01 to 147.22a statute or rule of the board. Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 147.161, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [INVESTIGATION.] The board shall maintain and keep current a file containing the reports and complaints filed against physicianspersons regulated by the board in the state. Each complaint filed with the board pursuant to section 214.10, subdivision 1, shall be investigated according to section 214.10, subdivision 2. Whenever the files maintained by the board show that a medicalprofessional malpractice settlement or award to the plaintiff has been made against a physicianperson regulated by the board as reported by insurers pursuant to section 147.111, the executive director of the board shall notify the board and the board may authorize a review of the physician'sregulated person's practice. Presented to the governor April 17, 1995 Signed by the governor April 19, 1995, 2:15 p.m.