WEST virginia legislature
2018 regular session
House Bill 4027
By Delegates Ellington, Summers, Householder, Rohrbach, Hollen and Dean
[Passed March 6, 2018; in effect ninety days from passage.]
AN ACT to amend and reenact §30-3-13 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §30-3-16, all relating to creating an education permit for allopathic physician resident; prohibiting the practice of medicine and surgery without an authorization from the board; removing an exemption; providing an application process; providing criteria to obtain the permit; and providing emergency rulemaking authority; and providing rulemaking authority.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 3. WEST VIRGINIA MEDICAL PRACTICE ACT.
§30-3-13. Licensing requirements for the practice of medicine and surgery or podiatry; exceptions; unauthorized practice; notice; criminal penalties.
(a) It is unlawful for any person who does not hold an active, unexpired license issued pursuant to this article, or who is not practicing pursuant to the licensure exceptions set forth in this section, to:
(1) Engage in the practice of medicine and surgery or podiatry in this state;
(2) Represent that he or she is a physician, surgeon or podiatrist authorized to practice medicine and surgery or podiatry in this state; or
(3) Use any title, word or abbreviation to indicate or induce others to believe that he or she is licensed to practice medicine and surgery or podiatry in this state.
(b) It is unlawful for any person who does not hold an active, unexpired license issued pursuant to this article to engage in the practice of telemedicine within this state. As used in this section, the “practice of telemedicine” means the practice of medicine using communication tools such as electronic communication, information technology or other means of interaction between a licensed health care professional in one location and a patient in another location, with or without an intervening health care provider, and typically involves secure real time audio/video conferencing or similar secure audio/video services, remote monitoring, interactive video and store and forward digital image or health data technology to provide or support health care delivery by replicating the interaction of a traditional in person encounter between a provider and a patient. The practice of telemedicine occurs in this state when the patient receiving health care services through a telemedicine encounter is physically located in this state.
(c) It is not unlawful for a person:
(1) Who is a licensed health care provider under this code to act within his or her scope of practice;
(2) Who is not a licensed health care professional in this state to provide first aid care in an emergency situation; or
(3) To engage in the bona fide religious tenets of any recognized church in the administration of assistance to the sick or suffering by mental or spiritual means.
(d) The following persons are exempt from the licensure requirements under this article:
(1) A person enrolled in a school of medicine approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or by the board;
(2) A person enrolled in a school of podiatric medicine approved by the Council of Podiatry Education or by the board;
(3) A person engaged in graduate podiatric training in a program approved by the Council on Podiatric Education or by the board;
(4) A physician or podiatrist engaged in the performance of his or her official duties holding one or more licenses from another state or foreign country and who is a commissioned medical officer of, a member of or employed by:
(A) The United States Military;
(B) The Department of Defense;
(C) The United States Public Health Service; or
(D) Any other federal agency;
(5) A physician or podiatrist holding one or more unrestricted licenses granted by another state or foreign country serving as visiting medical faculty engaged in education, training or research duties at a medical school or institution recognized by the board for up to six months if:
(A) The physician does not engage in the practice of medicine and surgery or podiatry outside of the auspices of the sponsoring school or institution; and
(B) The sponsoring medical school or institution provides prior written notification to the board including the physician’s name, all jurisdictions of licensure and the beginning and end date of the physician’s visiting medical faculty status;
(6) A physician or podiatrist holding one or more unrestricted licenses granted by another state present in the state as a member of an air ambulance treatment team or organ harvesting team;
(7) A physician or podiatrist holding one or more unrestricted licenses granted by another state or foreign country providing a consultation on a singular occasion to a licensed physician or podiatrist in this state, whether the consulting physician or podiatrist is physically present in the state for the consultation or not;
(8) A physician or podiatrist holding one or more unrestricted licenses granted by another state or foreign country providing teaching assistance, in a medical capacity, for a period not to exceed seven days;
(9) A physician or podiatrist holding one or more unrestricted licenses granted by another state or foreign country serving as a volunteer in a noncompensated role for a charitable function for a period not to exceed seven days; and
(10) A physician or podiatrist holding one or more unrestricted licenses granted by another state or foreign country providing medical services to a college or university affiliated and/or sponsored sports team or an incorporated sports team if:
(A) He or she has a written agreement with that sports team to provide care to team members, band member, cheerleader, mascot, coaching staff and families traveling with the team for a specific sporting event, team appearance or training camp occurring in this state;
(B) He or she may only provide care or consultation to team members, coaching staff and families traveling with the team no longer than seven consecutive days per sporting event;
(C) He or she is not authorized to practice at a health care facility or clinic, acute care facility or urgent care center located in this state, but the physician may accompany the patient to the facility and consult; and
(D) The physician or podiatrist may be permitted, by written permission from the executive director, to extend his or her authorization to practice medicine for a maximum of seven additional consecutive days if the requestor shows good cause for the extension.
(e) A physician or podiatrist who does not hold a license issued by the board and who is practicing medicine in this state pursuant to the exceptions to licensure set forth in this section may practice in West Virginia under one or more of the licensure exceptions for no greater than a cumulative total of thirty days in any one calendar year.
(f) The executive director shall send by certified mail to a physician not licensed in this state a written order that revokes the privilege to practice medicine under this section if the executive director finds good cause to do so. If no current address can be determined, the order may be sent by regular mail to the physician’s last known address.
(g) A person who engages in the unlawful practice of medicine and surgery or podiatry while holding a license issued pursuant to this article which has been classified by the board as expired for ninety days or fewer is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than $5,000 or confined in jail not more than twelve months, or both fined and confined.
(h) A person who is found to be engaging in the practice of medicine and: (1) Has never been licensed by the board under this article; (2) holds a license which has been classified by the board as expired for greater than ninety days; or (3) holds a license which has been placed in inactive status, revoked, suspended or surrendered to the board is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned in a correctional facility for not less than one year nor more than five years or both fined and imprisoned.
(i) Upon a determination by the board that any report or complaint submitted to it concerns allegations of the unlawful practice of medicine and surgery by an individual who is licensed under another article of this chapter, the board shall refer the complaint to the appropriate licensing authority. Additionally, whenever the board receives credible information that an individual is engaging in the unlawful practice of medicine and surgery or podiatry in violation of this section, the board may report such information to the appropriate state and/or federal law enforcement authority and/or prosecuting attorney.
(a) Beginning July 1, 2019, no person shall participate in a program of graduate medical training in this state unless such person holds a license to practice medicine and surgery in this state or has been issued an educational permit issued by the board.
(c) An applicant for an educational permit shall file an application with the board and furnish evidence establishing that the applicant has satisfied the following requirements:
(1) The applicant is eighteen years of age or over;
(2) The applicant has paid the applicable fee;
(3) The applicant is of good moral character;
(4) The applicant has:
(A) Graduated from an allopathic college approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education;
(B) Graduated from a medical college that meets requirements for certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates; or
(C) Completed an alternate pathway for meeting initial entry requirements or prerequisite or transfer requirements recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education;
(5) The applicant:
(A) Is under contract as a resident in a program of post-graduate clinical training approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; or
(B) Has completed a residency program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or a residency program recognized by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and is under contract as a fellow in an approved program of post-graduate clinical training sponsored by an institution that is accredited to provide graduate medical education;
(6) The applicant has never held a license to practice medicine and surgery in West Virginia; and
(7) The applicant has fulfilled any other reasonable requirement specified in rule by the Board.
(d) An educational permit shall be valid for up to one year of post-graduate training. An educational permit may be renewed if the holder remains eligible to receive a renewed permit.
(e) The Board may deny an application or suspend or revoke a permit at any time upon grounds defined by the board by legislative rule.
(f) In order to give timely effect to this section, the board may promulgate emergency rules pursuant to the provisions of §29A-3-15 of this code, including:
(1) An implementation schedule for the issuance of educational permits prior to July 1, 2019;
(2) The extent to which residents and fellows may practice medicine and surgery pursuant to an educational permit;
(3) Criteria for the issuance of reciprocal educational permits for out of state allopathic medical residents seeking to complete a residency rotation in West Virginia;
(4) Requirements for educational permits and the renewal of such permits, including eligibility criteria for renewal;
(5) Criteria for when an educational permit application may be denied;
(6) Grounds for permit suspension or revocation;
(7) A fee schedule;
(9) Any other rules necessary to effectuate and implement the provisions of this section.