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S.F. No. 482 - Modifications to the Board of Medical Practice Licensure Statutes
Author: Senator Carla J. Nelson
Prepared By: Katie Cavanor, Senate Counsel (651/296-3801)
Date: February 20, 2017


SF 482 makes several modifications to the Medical Practices Act.

Section 1 (147.081) makes conforming changes to this section.

Section 2 (147.082) adds a news section clarifying the prohibition of the use certain titles, including doctor of medicine; medical doctor; doctor of osteopathic medicine; osteopathic physician; physician; surgeon; M.D. or D.O.

Section 3 (147.091 subd. 1) makes several modifications and clarifications to the grounds for which the board may impose disciplinary action.  It clarifies improper conduct to include conduct likely to harm the public, conduct that demonstrates a willful or careless disregard for the health, welfare, or safety of a patient, medical practice that is professionally incompetent, and conduct that may create unnecessary danger to a patient’s life, health, or safety.  It specifies what is considered a failure to provide proper supervision.  It clarifies that adjudication must be by a court of competent jurisdiction.  It specifies that grounds may include conduct that departs from or fails to conform to the minimal standards.  It specifies that the inability to practice medicine includes intoxication, the use of drugs, narcotics, chemicals and any other type of substance, diminished cognitive ability, and loss of motor skills.  Finally, it includes the inappropriate prescribing of or failure to properly prescribe a drug or devise or prescribing a drug or device for other than medically accepted therapeutic or experimental or investigative purposes.


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