148.6448 GROUNDS FOR DENIAL OF LICENSURE OR DISCIPLINE;
INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES; DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS.
Subdivision 1. Grounds for denial of licensure or discipline.
The commissioner may deny
an application for licensure, may approve licensure with conditions, or may discipline a licensee
using any disciplinary actions listed in subdivision 3 on proof that the individual has:
(1) intentionally submitted false or misleading information to the commissioner or the
(2) failed, within 30 days, to provide information in response to a written request by the
commissioner or advisory council;
(3) performed services of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant in an
incompetent manner or in a manner that falls below the community standard of care;
(4) failed to satisfactorily perform occupational therapy services during a period of
(5) violated sections
(6) failed to perform services with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety due to the use of
alcohol or drugs, or other physical or mental impairment;
(7) been convicted of violating any state or federal law, rule, or regulation which directly
relates to the practice of occupational therapy;
(8) aided or abetted another person in violating any provision of sections
(9) been disciplined for conduct in the practice of an occupation by the state of Minnesota,
another jurisdiction, or a national professional association, if any of the grounds for discipline are
the same or substantially equivalent to those in sections
(10) not cooperated with the commissioner or advisory council in an investigation conducted
according to subdivision 2;
(11) advertised in a manner that is false or misleading;
(12) engaged in dishonest, unethical, or unprofessional conduct in connection with the
practice of occupational therapy that is likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public;
(13) demonstrated a willful or careless disregard for the health, welfare, or safety of a client;
(14) performed medical diagnosis or provided treatment, other than occupational therapy,
without being licensed to do so under the laws of this state;
(15) paid or promised to pay a commission or part of a fee to any person who contacts the
occupational therapist for consultation or sends patients to the occupational therapist for treatment;
(16) engaged in an incentive payment arrangement, other than that prohibited by clause (15),
that promotes occupational therapy overutilization, whereby the referring person or person who
controls the availability of occupational therapy services to a client profits unreasonably as a
result of client treatment;
(17) engaged in abusive or fraudulent billing practices, including violations of federal
Medicare and Medicaid laws, Food and Drug Administration regulations, or state medical
(18) obtained money, property, or services from a consumer through the use of undue
influence, high pressure sales tactics, harassment, duress, deception, or fraud;
(19) performed services for a client who had no possibility of benefiting from the services;
(20) failed to refer a client for medical evaluation when appropriate or when a client
indicated symptoms associated with diseases that could be medically or surgically treated;
(21) engaged in conduct with a client that is sexual or may reasonably be interpreted by the
client as sexual, or in any verbal behavior that is seductive or sexually demeaning to a patient;
(22) violated a federal or state court order, including a conciliation court judgment, or a
disciplinary order issued by the commissioner, related to the person's occupational therapy
(23) any other just cause related to the practice of occupational therapy.
Subd. 2. Investigation of complaints.
The commissioner, or the advisory council when
authorized by the commissioner, may initiate an investigation upon receiving a complaint or
other oral or written communication that alleges or implies that a person has violated sections
. In the receipt, investigation, and hearing of a complaint that alleges or
implies a person has violated sections
, the commissioner shall follow
the procedures in section
Subd. 3. Disciplinary actions.
If the commissioner finds that an occupational therapist or
occupational therapy assistant should be disciplined according to subdivision 1, the commissioner
may take any one or more of the following actions:
(1) refuse to grant or renew licensure;
(2) approve licensure with conditions;
(3) revoke licensure;
(4) suspend licensure;
(5) any reasonable lesser action including, but not limited to, reprimand or restriction on
(6) any action authorized by statute.
Subd. 4. Effect of specific disciplinary action on use of title.
Upon notice from the
commissioner denying licensure renewal or upon notice that disciplinary actions have been
imposed and the person is no longer entitled to practice occupational therapy and use the
occupational therapy and licensed titles, the person shall cease to practice occupational therapy,
to use titles protected by sections
, and to represent to the public that the
person is licensed by the commissioner.
Subd. 5. Reinstatement requirements after disciplinary action.
A person who has had
licensure suspended may request and provide justification for reinstatement following the period
of suspension specified by the commissioner. The requirements of sections
for renewing licensure and any other conditions imposed with the suspension must be
met before licensure may be reinstated.
Subd. 6. Authority to contract.
The commissioner shall contract with the health
professionals services program as authorized by sections
to provide these
services to practitioners under this chapter. The health professionals services program does not
affect the commissioner's authority to discipline violations of sections
History: 2000 c 361 s 22; 2001 c 7 s 41; 2006 c 267 art 2 s 14