Bill Summary for H 543 (2015-2016)

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Apr 15 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 543 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 1, 2015
AN ACT AMENDING LAWS PERTAINING TO THE NORTH CAROLINA MEDICAL BOARD.
Intro. by W. Brawley, Jones.

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House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

Deletes Section 13 of the act, which recodified GS 90-21.22A as GS 90-21.22B under Article 1D of GS Chapter 90, and renumbers the remaining sections of the act accordingly.

Deletes new section GS 90-21.22A, Health Program for Medical Professionals, enacted in the 1st edition of this act. Instead, amends GS 90-21.22, renaming the statute as Health program for medical professionals (was, Peer review agreements). Amends subsection (a) of GS 90-21.22 to provide that the North Carolina Medical Board (Board) may enter into agreements with the North Carolina Medical Society (Society), the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (Academy), and the North Carolina Physicians Health Program (Program) to identify, review, and evaluate the ability of persons licensed by the Board and referred to the Program to function in their professional capacity and to coordinate regimens for treatment and rehabilitation. Deletes provisions specifying peer review activities to be covered by this type of agreement.

Requires the agreement to include guidelines for (1) the assessment, referral, monitoring, support, and education of licensees of the Board by reason of a physical or mental illness, a substance use disorder, or professional sexual misconduct; (2) procedures for the Board to refer licensees to the Program; (3) criteria for the Program to report licensees to the Board; (4) a procedure for licensees to obtain review of recommendations by the Program regarding assessment or treatment; (5) periodic reporting of statistical information by the Program to the Board, the Society, and the Academy; and (6) maintaining the confidentiality of nonpublic information.

Describes the Program as an independent organization for medical professionals that provides screening, referral, monitoring, educational, and support services. Provides that the Board, Society, and Academy may provide funds for the administration of the Program.

Requires the Program to report immediately to the Board detailed information about any licensee of the Board who meets specified criteria including: constitutes an imminent danger to patient care (was, to the public or him- or herself) by reason of mental or physical illness, substance use disorder, professional sexual misconduct (was, sexual boundary violations) or any other reason.

Makes a conforming change, deleting the repeal of GS 90-21.22, now amended in this act.

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