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MEDICAL LANGUAGE INTERPRETER ACT

             2     
2009 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Rebecca Chavez-Houck

             5     
Senate Sponsor: Allen M. Christensen

             6      Cosponsors:
             7      Trisha S. Beck
             8      Jackie Biskupski
             9      Bradley M. Daw
             10      Janice M. Fisher
             11      Lorie D. Fowlke
             12      Christine A. JohnsonBrian S. King
David Litvack
Ronda Rudd Menlove
Carol Spackman Moss
Marie H. Poulson
Paul RayPhil Riesen
Stephen E. Sandstrom
Jennifer M. Seelig
Evan J. Vickers
Mark A. Wheatley
Larry B. Wiley              13     
             14      LONG TITLE
             15      General Description:
             16          This bill enacts the Medical Language Interpreter Act, within the Division of
             17      Occupational and Professional Licensing Act.
             18      Highlighted Provisions:
             19          This bill:
             20          .    defines terms;
             21          .    provides that a person who renders language interpretation services between a
             22      health care provider who speaks English and another person (medical interpreter
             23      services), in Spanish, Russian, Bosnian, Somali, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, or
             24      Navajo may voluntarily obtain certification as a certified medical language
             25      interpreter;
             26          .    provides that a person may provide medical interpreter services without obtaining
             27      the certification described in the preceding paragraph;
             28          .    describes the requirements that a person must comply with in order to obtain
             29      certification;
             30          .    makes it a class A misdemeanor to represent or hold oneself out as a certified
             31      medical language interpreter when not certified under the provisions of this bill;


             32          .    permits the division to charge a fee to recover the costs of administering the
             33      certification examination and issuing the certificate described in this bill;
             34          .    grants rulemaking authority to the division; and
             35          .    allows the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services to give
             36      priority to contracting with companies that use certified medical language
             37      interpreters.
             38      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             39          None
             40      Other Special Clauses:
             41          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2009.
             42      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             43      ENACTS:
             44          58-78-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             45          58-78-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             46          58-78-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             47          58-78-202, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             48          58-78-203, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             49          58-78-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             50          58-78-302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             51          58-78-401, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             52          58-78-402, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             53     
             54      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             55          Section 1. Section 58-78-101 is enacted to read:
             56     
CHAPTER 78. MEDICAL LANGUAGE INTERPRETER ACT

             57     
Part 1. General Provisions

             58          58-78-101. Title.
             59          This chapter is known as the "Medical Language Interpreter Act."


             60          Section 2. Section 58-78-102 is enacted to read:
             61          58-78-102. Definitions.
             62          As used in this chapter:
             63          (1) "Certified medical language interpreter" means a medical language interpreter who
             64      has received a certificate from the division under this chapter.
             65          (2) "Health care provider" means a person licensed under:
             66          (a) Title 58, Chapter 5a, Podiatric Physician Licensing Act;
             67          (b) Title 58, Chapter 16a, Utah Optometry Practice Act;
             68          (c) Title 58, Chapter 17b, Pharmacy Practice Act;
             69          (d) Title 58, Chapter 24a, Physical Therapist Practice Act;
             70          (e) Title 58, Chapter 31b, Nurse Practice Act;
             71          (f) Title 58, Chapter 31c, Nurse Licensure Compact;
             72          (g) Title 58, Chapter 31d, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact;
             73          (h) Title 58, Chapter 44a, Nurse Midwife Practice Act;
             74          (i) Title 58, Chapter 57, Respiratory Care Practices Act;
             75          (j) Title 58, Chapter 60, Mental Health Professional Practice Act;
             76          (k) Title 58, Chapter 61, Psychologist Licensing Act;
             77          (l) Title 58, Chapter 67, Utah Medical Practice Act;
             78          (m) Title 58, Chapter 68, Utah Osteopathic Medical Practice Act;
             79          (n) Title 58, Chapter 69, Dentist and Dental Hygienist Practice Act;
             80          (o) Title 58, Chapter 70a, Physician Assistant Act;
             81          (p) Title 58, Chapter 71, Naturopathic Physician Practice Act;
             82          (q) Title 58, Chapter 73, Chiropractic Physician Practice Act; or
             83          (r) Title 58, Chapter 77, Direct-entry Midwife Act.
             84          (3) "Medical language interpreter" means a person who, for compensation, performs
             85      verbal language interpretation services between a health care provider who speaks English and
             86      another person for the purpose of assisting the person in seeking or obtaining medical advice,
             87      diagnoses, or treatment.


             88          (4) "National standards of practice" means the National Standards of Practice,
             89      published by the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care.
             90          Section 3. Section 58-78-201 is enacted to read:
             91     
Part 2. Certification

             92          58-78-201. Certification.
             93          (1) The division shall issue to a person who qualifies under this chapter a certificate as
             94      a certified medical language interpreter.
             95          (2) A certificate described in Subsection (1) shall specify the language that the person
             96      is certified for.
             97          (3) This chapter prohibits a person from representing or holding oneself out as a
             98      certified medical language interpreter if the person does not have a certificate described in
             99      Subsection (1).
             100          Section 4. Section 58-78-202 is enacted to read:
             101          58-78-202. Certification is voluntary.
             102          (1) The certification provided under this chapter is voluntary.
             103          (2) This chapter does not prohibit a person from acting as a medical language
             104      interpreter, if the person does not have a certificate described in Subsection 58-78-201 (1).
             105          Section 5. Section 58-78-203 is enacted to read:
             106          58-78-203. Qualifications for certification.
             107          A person qualifies as a certified medical language interpreter if the person:
             108          (1) acts as a medical language interpreter between English and at least one of the
             109      following languages:
             110          (a) Spanish;
             111          (b) Russian;
             112          (c) Bosnian;
             113          (d) Somali;
             114          (e) Mandarin Chinese;
             115          (f) Cantonese; or


             116          (g) Navajo;
             117          (2) passes an examination administered by, or under contract with, the division, that
             118      tests:
             119          (a) the following areas, with respect to the language for which the person applies for
             120      certification:
             121          (i) basic language fluency;
             122          (ii) basic medical terminology, including the ability to:
             123          (A) name human body parts;
             124          (B) name internal human organs;
             125          (C) describe basic medical symptoms; and
             126          (D) describe basic medical instructions, including dosage amounts and frequency; and
             127          (iii) basic cultural competency relating to medical care beliefs and practices that are
             128      common to people who speak that language;
             129          (b) knowledge and understanding of the national standards of practice; and
             130          (c) a basic understanding of medical confidentiality requirements, including the
             131      confidentiality requirements of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
             132      Act;
             133          (3) signs a statement agreeing to abide by the national standards of practice; and
             134          (4) pays the fee described in Section 58-78-401 .
             135          Section 6. Section 58-78-301 is enacted to read:
             136     
Part 3. Unlawful Conduct

             137          58-78-301. Unlawful conduct.
             138          In addition to the definition in Subsection 58-1-501 (1), "unlawful conduct" includes
             139      representing or holding oneself out as a certified medical language interpreter when not
             140      certified under this chapter.
             141          Section 7. Section 58-78-302 is enacted to read:
             142          58-78-302. Penalty for unlawful conduct.
             143          A person who violates the unlawful conduct provisions described in Section 58-78-301


             144      is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
             145          Section 8. Section 58-78-401 is enacted to read:
             146     
Part 4. Miscellaneous

             147          58-78-401. Fees -- Rulemaking authority.
             148          (1) The division may charge a fee, established under Section 63J-1-303 , to recover the
             149      costs of:
             150          (a) administering the examination described in Section 58-78-203 ; and
             151          (b) issuing the certificate described in Subsection 58-78-201 (1).
             152          (2) The division may make rules, pursuant to Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
             153      Administrative Rulemaking Act, to accomplish the requirements of this chapter.
             154          Section 9. Section 58-78-402 is enacted to read:
             155          58-78-402. Priority for certified medical language interpreter.
             156          The Department of Health and the Department of Human Services may give priority to
             157      contracting with companies that use certified medical language interpreters.
             158          Section 10. Effective date.
             159          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2009.


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