Sen. Leising has introduced SB 182 which basically requires a health care practitioner to disclose the nature of his or her licensure in any advertising and to wear a badge while providing direct health care that states their name and licensure. This applies to a “practitioner” which is defined as someone who holds a license, certificate, or permit regulated by a variety of regulatory boards (e.g. chiropractic, nursing, dentistry, medical licensing, optometry, podiatrist, pharmacy, psychiatry, psychology, physical therapy, audiology, athletic trainer).
It requires that, when advertising for health care services (not defined, I don’t believe), the practitioner must prominently identify in the advertisement the type of license held by the practitioner. It also provides that, with certain exceptions, when providing direct patient care, the practitioner must wear an identification badge. “Direct patient care” is defined as “health care that provides for the physical, diagnostic, emotional, or rehabilitation needs of a patient, or health care that involves examination, treatment, or preparation for diagnostic tests or procedures.” The badge must state the practitioner’s first and last name, the type of licensure using the name of the relevant profession, and – if applicable – the practitioner’s status as a student, intern, trainee, or resident. Exceptions to the badge requirements are permitted if it’s not clinically feasible (e.g. during surgery), where there is some concern for the practitioner’s safety (not stated – but I’m thinking having the last name on the badge while providing care to a violent criminal?), the relevant information is already posted on the door to the office, or if the practitioner has the information posted on the wall of their office.
Health care already feels like such an inscrutable maze, I guess I’m not optimistic that these additional bits of information will really make a dent in the challenges we face as health care consumers. It feels like drops of water in the ocean. Meanwhile this adds just a bit more bureaucracy to the system.