Bill Summary for H 228 (2019-2020)

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Apr 3 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 228 (Public) Filed Wednesday, February 27, 2019
AN ACT TO MODERNIZE LAWS PERTAINING TO THE NORTH CAROLINA MEDICAL BOARD AND THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE.
Intro. by Murphy.

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

Part I.

Makes technical changes to the Part.

Makes technical changes to the proposed changes to GS 90-9.1.

Modifies the proposed changes to GS 90-14 to maintain existing language which prohibits the NC Medical Board from revoking or denying a license, or disciplining a licensee, solely because of the person's practice of a therapy that is experimental, nontraditional, or that departs from acceptable and prevailing medical practices unless the Board can establish by competent evidence that the treatment has a safety risk greater than the prevailing treatment or that the treatment is generally not effective (previously eliminated entirely).

Adds to the proposed changes to GS 90-16 to permit the Board to report investigative information which indicates that a crime may have been committed to the NC Department of Justice, the US Department of Justice, or the US District Attorney (previously permitted to report the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency or the respective district attorney). Additionally requires the Board to cooperate with the NC Department of Justice, the US Department of Justice, or the US District Attorney conducting a criminal investigation or prosecution of a licensee. Clarifies that the information reported or provided to an investigative agency or attorney remains confidential and cannot be disclosed except as necessary to further investigation or prosecution. Deletes the previously proposed changes to subsection (k) regarding the release of confidential or nonpublic information to any health care licensure board or authorized Department of Health and Human Service personnel, and instead maintains the existing language.

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