H.B. NO.



















     SECTION 1.  Chapter 453, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amending by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

     "§453-    Discipline based on action taken by another state or federal agency; conditions; prohibition on practice.  (a)  Upon receipt of evidence of revocation, suspension, or other disciplinary action against a licensee by another state or federal agency, the board may issue an order imposing the same disciplinary action upon the licensee on the following conditions:

     (1)  The board shall serve the licensee with a proposed order imposing disciplinary action as required by chapter 91;

     (2)  The licensee shall have the right to request a hearing pursuant to chapter 91 to show cause why the action described in the proposed order should not be imposed;

     (3)  Any request for a hearing shall be made in writing and filed with the board within twenty days after mailing of the proposed order to the licensee; and

     (4)  If the licensee does not submit a written request for a hearing within twenty days after mailing of the proposed order, the board may issue a final order imposing the disciplinary action described in the proposed order.

     (b)  A certified copy of the disciplinary action by another state or federal agency shall constitute prima facie evidence of the disciplinary action.

     (c)  A licensee against whom the board has issued a proposed order under this section shall be prohibited from practicing in this State until the board issues a final order if:

     (1)  The licensee was the subject of disciplinary action by another state; and

     (2)  The disciplinary action by another state prohibits the licensee from practicing in that state.

     (d)  In addition to the provisions of this section, the board may take any other action authorized by this chapter or chapter 436B."

     SECTION 2.  Section 453-8, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:

     "(a)  In addition to any other actions authorized by law, any license to practice medicine and surgery may be revoked, limited, or suspended by the board at any time in a proceeding before the board, or may be denied, for any cause authorized by law, including but not limited to the following:

     (1)  Procuring, or aiding or abetting in procuring, a criminal abortion;

     (2)  Employing any person to solicit patients for one's self;

     (3)  Engaging in false, fraudulent, or deceptive advertising, including but not limited to:

         (A)  Making excessive claims of expertise in one or more medical specialty fields;

         (B)  Assuring a permanent cure for an incurable disease; or

         (C)  Making any untruthful and improbable statement in advertising one's medical or surgical practice or business;

     (4)  Being habituated to the excessive use of drugs or  alcohol; or being addicted to, dependent on, or a habitual user of a narcotic, barbiturate, amphetamine, hallucinogen, or other drug having similar effects;

     (5)  Practicing medicine while the ability to practice is impaired by alcohol, drugs, physical disability, or mental instability;

     (6)  Procuring a license through fraud, misrepresentation, or deceit, or knowingly permitting an unlicensed person to perform activities requiring a license;

     (7)  Professional misconduct, hazardous negligence causing bodily injury to another, or manifest incapacity in the practice of medicine or surgery;

     (8)  Incompetence or multiple instances of negligence, including but not limited to the consistent use of medical service, which is inappropriate or unnecessary;

     (9)  Conduct or practice contrary to recognized standards of ethics of the medical profession as adopted by the Hawaii Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the Hawaii Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, or the American Osteopathic Association;

    (10)  Violation of the conditions or limitations upon which a limited or temporary license is issued;

    (11)  Revocation, suspension, or other disciplinary action by another state or federal agency of a license, certificate, or medical privilege [for reasons as provided in this section];

    (12)  Conviction, whether by nolo contendere or otherwise, of a penal offense substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a physician or osteopathic physician, notwithstanding any statutory provision to the contrary;

    (13)  Violation of chapter 329, the uniform controlled substances act, or any rule adopted thereunder except as provided in section 329-122;

    (14)  Failure to report to the board, in writing, any disciplinary decision issued against the licensee or the applicant in another jurisdiction within thirty days after the disciplinary decision is issued; or

    (15)  Submitting to or filing with the board any notice, statement, or other document required under this chapter, which is false or untrue or contains any material misstatement or omission of fact."

     SECTION 3.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken.  New statutory material is underscored.

     SECTION 4.  This Act, upon its approval, shall take effect on July 1, 2016.








Report Title:

Physician Discipline; Conditions



Authorizes the Hawaii Medical Board to impose the same disciplinary action against a licensee as was taken by another state or federal agency.  Establishes conditions for the disciplinary action.  Prohibits the licensee from practicing until a final order of discipline is issued if the licensee has been prohibited from practicing in another state.




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