Senate Bill #256 (2021)

AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- BOARD OF MEDICAL LICENSURE AND DISCIPLINE

Increases the maximum fine amount for those found guilty of unprofessional conduct by the board of medical licensure and discipline from $10,000 to $30,000 and would establish a new chapter of the general laws.

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  • 2021 – S 0256
  • 2021 – S 0256 SUBSTITUTE A AS AMENDED
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  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2021
  • ____________
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS – BOARD OF MEDICAL LICENSURE
  • AND DISCIPLINE
  • Introduced By: Senators Miller, Valverde, Lawson, Goldin, Kallman, and DiMario
  • Date Introduced: February 10, 2021
  • Referred To: Senate Judiciary
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Section 5-37-6.3 of the General Laws in Chapter 5-37 entitled "Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 5-37-6.3. Sanctions.
  • If the accused is found guilty of unprofessional conduct as described in § 5-37-6.2, the director, at the direction of the board, shall impose one or more of the following conditions:
  • (1) Administer a reprimand;
  • (2)Suspendorlimit orrestrict hisorherlicenseorlimitedregistrationtopracticemedicine;
  • (3) Require him or her to serve a period of probation subject to certain conditions and requirements including, where appropriate, sanctions or restitution;
  • (4) Revoke indefinitely his or her license or limited registration to practice medicine;
  • (5) Require him or her to submit to the care, counseling, or treatment of a physician or program acceptable to the board;
  • (6) Require him or her to participate in a program of continuing medical education in the area or areas in which he or she has been judged deficient;
  • (7) Require him or her to practice under the direction of a physician in a public institution, public or private healthcareprogram, or private practice for a period of time specified by the board;
  • (8) Assess against the physician the administrative costs of the proceedings instituted against the physician under this chapter; provided, that this assessment does not exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) thirty thousand dollars ($30,000);
  • (9) Any other conditions or restrictions deemed appropriate under the circumstances.
  • SECTION 2. Chapter 5-37 of the General Laws entitled "Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • 5-37-34. Authority to fine health care professionals.
  • (a) The director, at the discretion of the board, shall have the authority to assess a fine against a licensee who has been found guilty of unprofessional conduct and/or violating any provision of the general laws, or any rule, regulation, order, license or any approval issued by the director; provided that:
  • (1) No fine may be assessed for the first charge or count against a licensee.
  • (2) Any fine assessed against a licensee for the second charge or count, regardless if such charge or count appears on the first complaint or a subsequent complaint, shall not exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000).
  • (3) Any fine assessed against a licensee for each charge or count subsequent to the second charge or count, regardless if such charge or count appears on the first complaint or a subsequent complaint, shall not exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000).
  • (b) Any licensee who fails to pay an assessed fine within the time period prescribed by the relevant licensing board shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including revocation of any professional license provided pursuant to title 5.
  • (c) No licensee shall be subject to discipline by multiple boards with the authority to levy a fine pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, when an individual licensed by a board described in subsection (a) of this section concurrently:
  • (9) Any other conditions or restrictions deemed appropriate under the circumstances.
  • SECTION 2. Title 5 of the General Laws entitled "BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following chapter:
  • CHAPTER 90
  • AUTHORITY TO FINE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
  • 5-90-1. Authority to fine health care professionals and assess administrative costs.
  • (a) Any licensing board responsible for governing the professional conduct of individuals with the authority to prescribe controlled substances shall have the authority to assess a fine against a licensee who has been found guilty of unprofessional conduct and/or violating any provision of the general laws, any rule, any regulation, any order, any license, or any approval issued by the director.
  • (1) No such fine shall be assessed for the first charge or count against a licensee.
  • (2) Any fine assessed against a licensee for the second charge or count, regardless if such charge or count appears on the first complaint or a subsequent complaint, shall not exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000).
  • (3) Any fine assessed against a licensee for each charge or count subsequent to the second charge or count, regardless if such charge or count appears on the first complaint or a subsequent complaint, shall not exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000).
  • (b) Any licensee who fails to pay an assessed fine within the time period prescribed by the relevant licensing board shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including revocation.
  • (c) When an individual licensed by a board described in subsection (a) of this section concurrently:
  • (1) Holds at least one other license issued by a regulatory entity subject to the jurisdiction of the department; and
  • (2) Fails to comply with any provision of the general laws, any rule, any regulation, any order, any license or any approval issued by the director.
  • (d) Prior to the assessment of a fine under this section, the department shall adopt rules and regulations providing guidance on the appropriate range of sanctions and the criteria to be considered when recommending specific sanctions or administrative monetary penalties to the director.
  • SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon passage. ======== LC001405 ========
  • (2) Fails to comply with any provision of the general laws, any rule, any regulation, any order, any license, or any approval issued by the director, only one board may issue a fine for the licensed individual's unprofessional conduct in connection therewith.
  • (d) Prior to the assessment of a fine under this section, the department of health shall adopt rules and regulations providing guidance on the appropriate range of sanctions and the criteria to be considered when recommending specific sanctions or administrative monetary penalties to the director.
  • (e) Any licensing board responsible for governing the professional conduct of individuals with the authority to prescribe controlled substances shall have the authority to assess against the is
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  • SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon passage. ======== LC001405/SUB A ========
  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS – BOARD OF MEDICAL LICENSURE
  • AND DISCIPLINE
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  • This act would increase the maximum fine amount for those found guilty of unprofessional conduct by the board of medical licensure and discipline from ten thousand dollars ($10,000) to thirty thousand dollars ($30,000), and would establish a new chapter of the general laws which gives the board of medical licensure and discipline the authority to levy fines.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001405 ========
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001405/SUB A ========

Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for Passage

April 30, 2019 at 4:52pm
Yeas: 33 / Nays: 1 / Not voting: 4 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere NV
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Bell N
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. Cruz Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Lawson Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. McKenney Y
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Murray Y
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis NV
Sen. Rogers Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell NV
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan NV
Sen. Sosnowski Y
Sen. Valverde Y

Floor vote for PASSAGE IN CONCURRENCE

June 20, 2019 at 5:30pm
Yeas: 70 / Nays: 2 / Not voting: 3 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida NV
Rep. Alzate Y
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros Y
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Caldwell Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson Y
Rep. Casey Y
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Cassar Y
Rep. Chippendale Y
Rep. Cortvriend Y
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Diaz Y
Rep. Donovan Y
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi Y
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hawkins Y
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jackson Y
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Kislak Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Lyle Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendez Y
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Millea Y
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardone Y
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Noret Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. Phillips Y
Rep. Place N
Rep. Price Y
Rep. Quattrocchi Y
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell Y
Rep. Roberts N
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serodio Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater Y
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Speakman Y
Rep. Tanzi NV
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci NV
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh Y
Rep. Williams Y

Floor vote for Approval of Amendment

June 15, 2021 at 4:17pm
Yeas: 34 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 4 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Acosta Y
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Anderson Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Bell Y
Sen. Burke Y
Sen. Calkin NV
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Cruz Y
Sen. DiMario Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Kallman Y
Sen. Lawson Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Mack Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Mendes NV
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan NV
Sen. Murray Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis NV
Sen. Rogers Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y
Sen. Valverde Y

Floor vote for Passage as Amended

June 15, 2021 at 4:18pm
Yeas: 36 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 2 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Acosta Y
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Anderson Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Bell Y
Sen. Burke Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Cruz Y
Sen. DiMario Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Kallman Y
Sen. Lawson Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Mack Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Mendes NV
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan NV
Sen. Murray Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Rogers Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y
Sen. Valverde Y