Bill Summary for H 554 (2019-2020)

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Apr 18 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 554 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 2, 2019
AN ACT TO MODIFY FUNERAL SERVICE AND CREMATORY LICENSES AND PRACTICES.
Intro. by Boles, Alexander, Hunter, Jones.

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House committee substitute to the 2nd edition makes the following changes. 

Amends GS 130A-115 to grant civil immunity for a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner completing or signing a medical certification for a cause of death so long as the cause of death is determined in good faith using the individual's best clinical judgement and consistent with current guidance provided by the applicable licensing board. Specifies this immunity is in addition to any other immunity from liability to which the individual is entitled. 

Deletes proposed GS 130A-385(b1) which required the medical examiner to sign the death certificate within five days of receiving paperwork from a funeral home if a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant had not signed the death certificate.

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