Bill Summary for H 576 (2023-2024)

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Apr 25 2023

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View NCGA Bill Details2023-2024 Session
House Bill 576 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Intro. by K. Baker, Reeder, Potts, Paré.

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House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Renumbers new GS 90-640 to GS 90-641 (the act’s short title) and 90-641 to 90-642 (definitions).

Amends GS 90-643’s requirements for health care practitioners, when providing health care to a patient, so that they only need to wear a badge or other form of ID displaying the practitioner's name and the license, certification, or registration held by the practitioner. (Previously also required to have a photo and the expiration date of such license.) Requires the ID to display a photo when reasonably possible. Clarifies that the act does not require a health care practitioner to display their license, certification or registration number on a badge or other form of ID.  Changes the effective date to October 1, 2026.

Enacts new GS 90-644 (advertisement and representation requirements). Reorganizes provisions barring health care practitioners from making misleading statements, provisions barring non-licensed individuals from holding themselves out to the public as a physician by using certain titles, and provisions requiring that advertisements for health care services that name a health care practitioner to identify the type of license held by the health care practitioner into new GS 90-644. Specifies that provisions should not be construed to prevent a health care practitioner from using any title or abbreviation which is authorized for such health care practitioner pursuant to licensing statutes.

Enacts new GS 90-643 (violations and enforcement) as GS 90-645. Deletes provisions allowing for persons who suffer injuries or damages as a result of a violation of the Article to seek injunctive relief in Wake County Superior Court. Reorganizes provisions requiring health care practitioners who work in more than office to comply with the Article in each practice setting and exempting health care practitioners that work in non-patient settings with no direct patient health care interactions from the act into new GS 90-645.

Makes organizational changes and conforming changes to the act’s long title and effective date.