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Title 26: Professions and Occupations

Chapter 31: PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS

26 V.S.A. § 1737. Disposition of complaints



§ 1737. Disposition of complaints

(a) Complaints and allegations of unprofessional conduct shall be processed in accordance with the rules of procedure of the board of medical practice.

(b) Any person, firm, corporation, or public officer may submit a written complaint to the board alleging a physician assistant practicing in the state committed unprofessional conduct, specifying the grounds. The board may initiate disciplinary action in any complaint against a physician assistant and may act without having received a complaint.

(c) After giving opportunity for hearing, the board shall take disciplinary action described in subsection 1361(b) of this title against a physician assistant or applicant found guilty of unprofessional conduct.

(d) The board may approve a negotiated agreement between the parties when it is in the best interest of the public health, safety, or welfare to do so. Such an agreement may include any of the following conditions or restrictions which may be in addition to, or in lieu of, suspension:

(1) a requirement that the individual submit to care or counseling;

(2) a restriction that the individual practice only under supervision of a named person or a person with specified credentials;

(3) a requirement that the individual participate in continuing education in order to overcome specified practical deficiencies;

(4) a requirement that the scope of practice permitted be restricted to a specified extent;

(5) an administrative penalty not to exceed $1,000.00 for each act that constitutes an unprofessional conduct violation. Any money received from the imposition of an administrative penalty imposed under this subdivision shall be deposited into the board of medical practice regulatory fee fund for the purpose of providing education and training for board members and the professions regulated by the board. The commissioner shall detail in the annual report receipts and expenses from money received under this subsection.

(e) Upon application, the board may modify the terms of an order under this section and, if licensure has been revoked or suspended, order reinstatement on terms and conditions it deems proper. (Added 1981, No. 100, § 7; amended 1985, No. 208 (Adj. Sess.), § 9, eff. June 30, 1986; 2011, No. 61, § 4, eff. June 2, 2011.)