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H.B. 144

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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     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill enacts the Medical Language Interpreter Act, within the Division of
             10      Occupational and Professional Licensing Act.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    defines terms;
             14          .    provides that a person who renders language interpretation services between a
             15      health care provider who speaks English and another person (medical interpreter
             16      services), in Spanish, Russian, Bosnian, Somali, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, or
             17      Navajo may voluntarily obtain certification as a certified medical language
             18      interpreter;
             19          .    provides that a person may provide medical interpreter services without obtaining
             20      the certification described in the preceding paragraph;
             21          .    describes the requirements that a person must comply with in order to obtain
             22      certification;
             23          .    makes it a class A misdemeanor to represent or hold oneself out as a certified
             24      medical language interpreter when not certified under the provisions of this bill;
             25          .    permits the division to charge a fee to recover the costs of administering the
             26      certification examination and issuing the certificate described in this bill;
             27          .    grants rulemaking authority to the division; and


             28          .    allows the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services to give
             29      priority to contracting with companies that use certified medical language
             30      interpreters.
             31      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             32          None
             33      Other Special Clauses:
             34          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2009.
             35      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             36      ENACTS:
             37          58-78-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             38          58-78-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             39          58-78-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             40          58-78-202, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             41          58-78-203, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             42          58-78-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             43          58-78-302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             44          58-78-401, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             45          58-78-402, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             46     
             47      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             48          Section 1. Section 58-78-101 is enacted to read:
             49     
CHAPTER 78. MEDICAL LANGUAGE INTERPRETER ACT

             50     
Part 1. General Provisions

             51          58-78-101. Title.
             52          This chapter is known as the "Medical Language Interpreter Act."
             53          Section 2. Section 58-78-102 is enacted to read:
             54          58-78-102. Definitions.
             55          As used in this chapter:
             56          (1) "Certified medical language interpreter" means a medical language interpreter who
             57      has received a certificate from the division under this chapter.
             58          (2) "Health care provider" means a person licensed under:


             59          (a) Title 58, Chapter 5a, Podiatric Physician Licensing Act;
             60          (b) Title 58, Chapter 16a, Utah Optometry Practice Act;
             61          (c) Title 58, Chapter 17b, Pharmacy Practice Act;
             62          (d) Title 58, Chapter 24a, Physical Therapist Practice Act;
             63          (e) Title 58, Chapter 31b, Nurse Practice Act;
             64          (f) Title 58, Chapter 31c, Nurse Licensure Compact;
             65          (g) Title 58, Chapter 31d, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact;
             66          (h) Title 58, Chapter 44a, Nurse Midwife Practice Act;
             67          (i) Title 58, Chapter 57, Respiratory Care Practices Act;
             68          (j) Title 58, Chapter 60, Mental Health Professional Practice Act;
             69          (k) Title 58, Chapter 61, Psychologist Licensing Act;
             70          (l) Title 58, Chapter 67, Utah Medical Practice Act;
             71          (m) Title 58, Chapter 68, Utah Osteopathic Medical Practice Act;
             72          (n) Title 58, Chapter 69, Dentist and Dental Hygienist Practice Act;
             73          (o) Title 58, Chapter 70a, Physician Assistant Act;
             74          (p) Title 58, Chapter 71, Naturopathic Physician Practice Act;
             75          (q) Title 58, Chapter 73, Chiropractic Physician Practice Act; or
             76          (r) Title 58, Chapter 77, Direct-entry Midwife Act.
             77          (3) "Medical language interpreter" means a person who, for compensation, performs
             78      verbal language interpretation services between a health care provider who speaks English and
             79      another person for the purpose of assisting the person in seeking or obtaining medical advice,
             80      diagnoses, or treatment.
             81          (4) "National standards of practice" means the National Standards of Practice,
             82      published by the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care.
             83          Section 3. Section 58-78-201 is enacted to read:
             84     
Part 2. Certification

             85          58-78-201. Certification.
             86          (1) The division shall issue to a person who qualifies under this chapter a certificate as
             87      a certified medical language interpreter.
             88          (2) A certificate described in Subsection (1) shall specify the language that the person
             89      is certified for.


             90          (3) This chapter prohibits a person from representing or holding oneself out as a
             91      certified medical language interpreter if the person does not have a certificate described in
             92      Subsection (1).
             93          Section 4. Section 58-78-202 is enacted to read:
             94          58-78-202. Certification is voluntary.
             95          (1) The certification provided under this chapter is voluntary.
             96          (2) This chapter does not prohibit a person from acting as a medical language
             97      interpreter, if the person does not have a certificate described in Subsection 58-78-201 (1).
             98          Section 5. Section 58-78-203 is enacted to read:
             99          58-78-203. Qualifications for certification.
             100          A person qualifies as a certified medical language interpreter if the person:
             101          (1) acts as a medical language interpreter between English and at least one of the
             102      following languages:
             103          (a) Spanish;
             104          (b) Russian;
             105          (c) Bosnian;
             106          (d) Somali;
             107          (e) Mandarin Chinese;
             108          (f) Cantonese; or
             109          (g) Navajo;
             110          (2) passes an examination administered by, or under contract with, the division, that
             111      tests:
             112          (a) the following areas, with respect to the language for which the person applies for
             113      certification:
             114          (i) basic language fluency;
             115          (ii) basic medical terminology, including the ability to:
             116          (A) name human body parts;
             117          (B) name internal human organs;
             118          (C) describe basic medical symptoms; and
             119          (D) describe basic medical instructions, including dosage amounts and frequency; and
             120          (iii) basic cultural competency relating to medical care beliefs and practices that are


             121      common to people who speak that language;
             122          (b) knowledge and understanding of the national standards of practice; and
             123          (c) a basic understanding of medical confidentiality requirements, including the
             124      confidentiality requirements of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act;
             125          (3) signs a statement agreeing to abide by the national standards of practice; and
             126          (4) pays the fee described in Section 58-78-401 .
             127          Section 6. Section 58-78-301 is enacted to read:
             128     
Part 3. Unlawful Conduct

             129          58-78-301. Unlawful conduct.
             130          In addition to the definition in Subsection 58-1-501 (1), "unlawful conduct" includes
             131      representing or holding oneself out as a certified medical language interpreter when not
             132      certified under this chapter.
             133          Section 7. Section 58-78-302 is enacted to read:
             134          58-78-302. Penalty for unlawful conduct.
             135          A person who violates the unlawful conduct provisions described in Section 58-78-301
             136      is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
             137          Section 8. Section 58-78-401 is enacted to read:
             138     
Part 4. Miscellaneous

             139          58-78-401. Fees -- Rulemaking authority.
             140          (1) The division may charge a fee, established under Section 63J-1-303 , to recover the
             141      costs of:
             142          (a) administering the examination described in Section 58-78-203 ; and
             143          (b) issuing the certificate described in Subsection 58-78-201 (1).
             144          (2) The division may make rules, pursuant to Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
             145      Administrative Rulemaking Act, to accomplish the requirements of this chapter.
             146          Section 9. Section 58-78-402 is enacted to read:
             147          58-78-402. Priority for certified medical language interpreter.
             148          The Department of Health and the Department of Human Services may give priority to
             149      contracting with companies that use certified medical language interpreters.
             150          Section 10. Effective date.
             151          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2009.






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