AN ACT TO MODERNIZE LAWS PERTAINING TO THE NORTH CAROLINA MEDICAL BOARD AND THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Modifies proposed GS 90-5.4, removing the duty of every individual licensed to practice by the NC Medical Board (Board) to report in writing to the Board within 30 days any incidents that the licensee reasonably believes to have occurred that involve misuse of any controlled substances by a licensed person. Adds a qualification to the provision establishing a licensee's failure to report conduct of licensed persons pursuant to the statute to constitute unprofessional conduct and grounds for discipline, to not require reporting pursuant to the statute by licensees employed by or serving as a director or agent of the NC Physicians Health Program (Program) who obtain information exclusively while functioning in their role as employee, director, or agent that causes them to reasonably believe that the incidents referred to in the statute occurred; instead, requires such Program employees, directors or agents to comply with the reporting provisions contained in GS 90-21.22 (concerning the Board's agreement with the Program and the Program's duty to report licensees meeting specified criteria).
Makes clarifying changes to the proposed changes to GS 90-9.1, which amends the criteria to be met for licensure as a physician by adding that the applicant must have completed at least 130 weeks of medical education that satisfies the already listed education requirements, to clarify that the applicant can satisfy the criteria by providing proof of a current certification by a specialty board recognized by the specified specialty boards.
Modifies the proposed changes to GS 90-12.01, which requires the program director of every graduate medical program to report to the Board on adverse actions or resignations by a physician participating in a graduate medical education training program. Now requires reporting of (1) any revocation or termination, including but not limited to, any nonrenewal or dismissal of a physician from a graduate medical program (previously, specifically included suspension, non-promotion, dismissal, or leave of absence not in good standing) and (2) a resignation from or completion of a graduate medical program, or a transfer to another graduate medical program (previously, specifically included completion of medical residency, internship, or fellowship, and leaves of absence in good standing).
Amends the proposed changes to GS 90-411, concerning record copy fees, to maintain the existing provision establishing that charges for medical records and reports related to claims under Article 1 of GS Chapter 97 (Workers' Compensation Act) are governed by the fees established by the Industrial Commission pursuant to GS 97-26.1 (eliminated in the previous edition).
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