First Substitute S.B. 137

Senator Todd Weiler proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Todd Weiler

House Sponsor: Ryan D. Wilcox

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends the unprofessional and unlawful conduct provisions of the Division of
             10      Occupational and Professional Licensing Act to require all licensed health care
             11      providers to disclose to a patient the health care provider's type of license and name.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    defines terms;
             15          .    beginning January 1, 2015, requires a health care provider, in a patient encounter, to
             16      wear a badge or clothing that identifies the health care provider's name and license
             17      type;
             18          .    establishes certain exemptions for the requirement for health care provider
             19      identification;
             20          .    requires an individual in training to obtain a health care license to wear
             21      identification in patient encounters;
             22          .    prohibits deceptive or misleading representations by a healthcare provider;
             23          .    makes it unprofessional conduct for a health care provider to fail to wear
             24      identification in a patient encounter;
             25          .    makes it unlawful conduct for an individual to wear identification in a patient

             26      encounter that suggests the individual is licensed to perform health care services for which the
             27      individual is not licensed to perform; and
             28          .    makes it unlawful conduct to engage in deceptive or misleading representations.
             29      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             30          None
             31      Other Special Clauses:
             32          None
             33      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             34      ENACTS:
             35           58-1-501.8 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             37      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             38          Section 1. Section 58-1-501.8 is enacted to read:
             39          58-1-501.8. Occupational and professional identification of health care providers
             40      -- Unlawful and unprofessional conduct.
             41          (1) For purposes of this section:
             42          (a) "Badge" means a tag or badge in plain view:
             43          (i) attached to a health care provider's clothing; or
             44          (ii) hanging from a lanyard around a health care provider's neck.
             45          (b) "Clothing" means a health care provider's outermost article of clothing that is
             46      visible to others.
             47          (c) "Deceptive or misleading conduct" means any affirmative communication or
             48      representation that falsely states, describes, holds out, or details an individual's licensure,
             49      training, education, or profession.
             50          (d) "Health care provider" means a natural person who is:
             51          (i) defined as a health care provider in Section 78B-3-403 ; and
             52          (ii) licensed under this title.
             53          (e) "Identification" means a badge or stitching, or permanent writing in plain view on
             54      clothing that:
             55          (i) includes the health care provider's name;
             56          (ii) includes the license type held by the health care provider;

             57          (iii) is worn in a manner that is visible and apparent to others; and
             58          (iv) contains the information required by Subsections (1)(e)(i) and (ii):
             59          (A) in a manner and of sufficient size that can be easily read; and
             60          (B) on both sides of the badge, unless the badge or tag is attached to clothing in a way
             61      that prevents the badge from rotating.
             62          (f) "License type" means a designation of the license type that satisfies the
             63      requirements of Section 58-1-501.6 .
             64          (g) "Patient encounter" means an interaction in which a patient can see a health care
             65      provider delivering services directly to a patient.
             66          (2) Beginning January 1, 2015, except as provided in Subsections (3) and (4), a health
             67      care provider shall wear identification during any patient encounter.
             68          (3) A health care provider's identification may be covered if required under sterilization
             69      or isolation protocols.
             70          (4) A health care provider is not required to wear identification:
             71          (a) if wearing identification would jeopardize the health care provider's safety; and
             72          (b) (i) in an office in which:
             73          (A) the license type and names of all health care providers working in the office are
             74      displayed on the office door; and
             75          (B) each health care provider working in the office has the health care provider's
             76      license posted prominently in the office and readily visible to a patient; and
             77          (ii) if the office is an office:
             78          (A) of a solo health care provider;
             79          (B) of a single type of health care provider; or
             80          (C) with no more than two types of health care providers in which each patient is seen
             81      by only one health care provider in the office, a patient does not receive services from another
             82      health care provider in the office, and the health care providers do not provide cross coverage
             83      of services for the patients of other health care providers in the office.
             84          (5) An individual who is a student or is in training to obtain a license as a health care
             85      provider shall:
             86          (a) wear identification during patient encounters that identifies the person as in
             87      training, or a student, for the particular license type; and

             88          (b) otherwise comply with the provisions of this section.
             89          (6) It is unprofessional conduct if a health care provider violates this section.
             90          (7) It is unlawful conduct if an individual:
             91          (a) wears identification in a patient encounter that suggests that the individual is
             92      practicing or engaging in an occupation or profession that the individual may not lawfully
             93      practice or engage in under this title; or
             94          (b) engages in deceptive or misleading conduct.
             95          (8) An individual who violates this section is subject to Section 58-1-502 .

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