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Website transparency for licensees

Published (3/9/2012)
By Sue Hegarty
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More public transparency regarding the licensing and malpractice of licensed health professionals is the goal of a bill that resulted from a list of recommendations by the Sunset Advisory Commission.

HF2555 would require each health-related licensing board to post on its website the name and business address of each licensed individual who:

• was convicted of a felony or gross misdemeanor during the previous 10 years;

• had a malpractice judgment in any state within the past 10 years; and

• received disciplinary or corrective action or restricted privileges in any state.

Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake) sponsors the bill, which the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee approved as amended March 6 and referred to the House Civil Law Committee. A companion, SF2304 sponsored by Sen. Terri Bonoff (DFL-Minnetonka), referred to the Senate Government Innovation and Veterans Committee.

In addition, the bill would add a civil penalty to a person, health care facility, business or organization that fails to report misconduct to the Board of Medical Practice. Also, fees collected by licensing boards could only be used to pay the costs associated with board duties and any surplus would be prohibited from being transferred to the General Fund. In the event that more money is collected than is necessary to recover expenses, the respective board would need to propose a fee reduction.

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