CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1861
1991 Regular Session
Passed by the House March 18, 1991
Yeas 98 Nays 0
Speaker of the
House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 12, 1991
Yeas 38 Nays 0
President of the Senate
Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.
Governor of the State of Washington
I, Alan Thompson, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1861 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Secretary of State
State of Washington
SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1861
Passed Legislature - 1991 Regular Session
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1991 Regular Session
By House Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Representatives Morris, Moyer, Edmondson, Braddock, Sprenkle and Paris).
Read first time March 6, 1991.
AN ACT Relating to administrative requirements for osteopathic medicine and surgery; amending RCW 18.57.001, 18.57.003, 18.57.020, 18.57.040, 18.57.050, 18.57.080, 18.57.145, and 18.57.130; adding new sections to chapter 18.57 RCW; and repealing RCW 18.57.085.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 18.57.001 and 1979 c 117 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
As used in this chapter:
(1) "Board" means the Washington state board of osteopathic medicine and surgery;
"Department" means the department of ((
means the director of licensing)) "Secretary" means the
secretary of health; and
(4) "Osteopathic medicine and surgery" means the use of any and all methods in the treatment of disease, injuries, deformities, and all other physical and mental conditions in and of human beings, including the use of osteopathic manipulative therapy. The term means the same as "osteopathy and surgery".
Sec. 2. RCW 18.57.003 and 1984 c 287 s 42 are each amended to read as follows:
There is hereby created an agency of the state of Washington, consisting of seven individuals appointed by the governor to be known as the Washington state board of osteopathic medicine and surgery.
members of the first board shall be appointed to serve the following terms from
the date of their appointment: Two members for two years, two members for three
years, and three members for five years, or until their successors are
appointed and fully qualified. The respective terms of office of such initial
appointees shall be designated by the governor at the time of appointment.))
On expiration of the term of any member, the governor shall appoint for a
period of five years (( an individual of similar qualifications)) a
qualified individual to take the place of such member. Each member shall
hold office until the expiration of the term for which such member is appointed
or until a successor shall have been appointed and shall have qualified.
Initial appointments shall be made and vacancies in the membership of the board
shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment by the governor.
Each member of the board shall be a citizen of the United States and must be an actual resident of this state. One member shall be a consumer who has neither a financial nor a fiduciary relationship to a health care delivery system, and every other member must have been in active practice as a licensed osteopathic physician and surgeon in this state for at least five years immediately preceding appointment.
board shall ((
meet as soon as practicable after appointment and)) elect
a (( chairman and)) chairperson, a secretary, and a
vice-chairperson from its members. Meetings of the board shall be held at
least four times a year and at such place as the board shall determine and at
such other times and places as the board deems necessary.
shall require the)) An affirmative vote of a simple majority
of (( all)) the members (( of)) present at a meeting or hearing
shall be required for the board to take any official action. The board
may not take any action without a quorum of the board members present. A
simple majority of the board members currently serving constitutes a quorum of
Each member of the board shall be compensated in accordance with RCW 43.03.240 and shall be reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with RCW 43.03.050 and 43.03.060.
Any member of the board may be removed by the governor for neglect of duty, misconduct, malfeasance or misfeasance in office, or upon written request of two-thirds of the physicians licensed under this chapter and in active practice in this state.
Sec. 3. RCW 18.57.020 and 1979 c 117 s 11 are each amended to read as follows:
license shall be issued by the ((
director)) secretary authorizing
the holder (( thereof)) to practice (( osteopathy or)) osteopathic
medicine and surgery(( , including the use of internal medicine and drugs,
and shall be the only type of license issued. All licenses to practice
osteopathy or osteopathic medicine and surgery, including the use of internal
medicine and drugs, heretofore issued shall remain in full force and effect:
PROVIDED, That a license to practice osteopathy and surgery shall be deemed to
be the same as a license to practice osteopathic medicine and surgery, and the
former license may be exchanged for the latter license at the option of the
license holder)). In order to procure a license to practice osteopathic
medicine and surgery, the applicant must (( file with)) provide
the board (( satisfactory testimonials of good moral character and)) evidence
that a diploma has been issued to the applicant by (( some
legally chartered)) an accredited school of osteopathic medicine and
surgery, approved by the board (( , or satisfactory evidence of having
possessed such diploma, and he must file with such diploma an application sworn
to before some person authorized to administer oaths, and attested by the hand
and seal of such officer, if he have a seal, stating that he is the person
named in said diploma, that he is the lawful holder thereof, and that the same
was procured in the regular course of instruction and examination, without
fraud or misrepresentation)). The (( said)) application shall be
made upon a form prepared by the (( director)) secretary, with the
approval of the board, and it shall contain such information concerning said
osteopathic medical instruction and the preliminary education of the applicant
as the board may by rule provide. Applicants who have failed to meet the
requirements must be rejected.
applicant for a license to practice osteopathic medicine and surgery must
furnish evidence satisfactory to the board that he or she has served for
not less than one year ((
as intern or resident)) in a postgraduate
training program (( acceptable to)) approved by the board.
addition, the applicant may be required to furnish evidence satisfactory to the
board that he or she is physically and mentally capable of safely
carrying on the practice of osteopathic medicine and surgery. The board may
require any applicant to submit to such examination or examinations as it deems
necessary to determine an applicant's physical and/or mental capability to
safely practice osteopathic medicine and surgery. The applicant ((
shall also show that he or she has not been guilty of any conduct
which would constitute grounds for denial, suspension, or revocation of such
license under the laws of the state of Washington.
Nothing in this section shall be construed as prohibiting the board from requiring such additional information from applicants as it deems necessary.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to require any applicant for licensure, or any licensee, as a requisite of retaining or renewing licensure under this chapter, to be a member of any political and/or professional organization.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. A new section is added to chapter 18.57 RCW to read as follows:
A licensed osteopathic physician and surgeon who desires to leave the active practice of osteopathic medicine and surgery in this state may secure from the secretary an inactive license. The initial and renewal fees for an inactive license shall be determined by the secretary as provided in RCW 43.70.250. The holder of an inactive license may reactivate his or her license to practice osteopathic medicine and surgery in accordance with rules adopted by the board.
Sec. 5. RCW 18.57.040 and 1919 c 4 s 19 are each amended to read as follows:
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit:
Service in the case of emergency((
The domestic administration of family remedies((
The practice of midwifery as permitted under chapter 18.50 RCW; ((
shall this chapter apply to))
The practice of osteopathic medicine and surgery by any commissioned
medical officer in the United States ((
army, navy, or marine hospital)) government
or military service or by any osteopathic physician and surgeon employed
by a federal agency, in the discharge of his or her official duties;
(( nor to any licensed))
Practice by a dentist licensed under chapter 18.32 RCW when engaged
exclusively in the practice of dentistry; ((
nor shall this chapter apply to))
Practice by any ((
practitioner)) osteopathic physician and
surgeon from any other state or territory in which he or she
resides: PROVIDED, That such practitioner shall not open an office or appoint a
place of meeting patients or receive calls within the limits of this state;
(7) Practice by a person who is a student enrolled in an accredited school of osteopathic medicine and surgery approved by the board: PROVIDED, That the performance of such services be only pursuant to a course of instruction or assignments from his or her instructor or school, and such services are performed only under the supervision of a person licensed pursuant to this chapter or chapter 18.71 RCW;
(8) Practice by an osteopathic physician and surgeon serving a period of clinical postgraduate medical training in a postgraduate program approved by the board: PROVIDED, That the performance of such services be only pursuant to a course of instruction in said program, and said services are performed only under the supervision and control of a person licensed pursuant to this chapter or chapter 18.71 RCW; or
(9) Practice by a person who is enrolled in a physician assistant program approved by the board who is performing such services only pursuant to a course of instruction in said program: PROVIDED, That such services are performed only under the supervision and control of a person licensed pursuant to this chapter or chapter 18.71 RCW.
This chapter shall not be construed to apply in any manner to any other system or method of treating the sick or afflicted or to apply to or interfere in any way with the practice of religion or any kind of treatment by prayer.
Sec. 6. RCW 18.57.050 and 1985 c 7 s 55 are each amended to read as follows:
applicant on making application shall pay the ((
a fee determined by the (( director)) secretary as provided in RCW
(( 43.24.086 which shall be paid to the state treasurer by said director and
used to defray the expenses and compensation of said director. In case the
applicant's credentials are insufficient, or in case he does not desire to take
the examination, the sum of fifteen dollars shall be returned. All persons
licensed to practice osteopathy or osteopathic medicine and surgery within this
state who are engaged in active practice shall pay on or before the first day
of May of each year to the director a renewal license fee determined by the
director as provided in RCW 43.24.086)) 43.70.250. Application
fees are nonrefundable. The board may establish rules and regulations governing
mandatory continuing education requirements which shall be met by physicians
applying for renewal of licenses. (( Licenses not so renewed will not be
valid. The director shall thirty days or more before May 1st of each year mail
to all active practitioners of osteopathy or osteopathic medicine and surgery
in this state at their last known address a notice of the fact that the renewal
fee will be due on or before the first of May. Nothing in this chapter shall be
construed so as to require that the receipt shall be recorded as original
licenses are required to be recorded.)) The secretary shall establish a
renewal and late renewal penalty fee as provided in RCW 43.70.250. Failure to
renew the license invalidates all privileges granted by the license. The board
shall determine by rule when a license shall be canceled for failure to renew
and shall establish prerequisites for relicensing.
Sec. 7. RCW 18.57.080 and 1979 c 117 s 13 are each amended to read as follows:
for a license ((
must be personally examined by the board as to their
qualifications)) to practice osteopathic medicine and surgery must
successfully complete an examination prepared or approved by the board.
The examination shall be conducted in the English language, shall (( be
practical in character and designed to discover)) determine the
applicant's fitness to practice osteopathic medicine and surgery, and (( shall))
may be in whole or in part in writing or by practical application
on (( the following fundamental subjects, to wit: Anatomy, histology,
gynecology, pathology, bacteriology, chemistry, toxicology, physiology,
obstetrics, general diagnosis, hygiene, principles and practice of osteopathic
medicine, surgery, and the management of surgical cases (including anesthetics)
and any other subjects that the board shall deem advisable.)) those
general subjects and topics of which knowledge is commonly and generally
required of applicants who have obtained the doctor of osteopathic medicine and
surgery conferred by accredited schools of osteopathic medicine and surgery
approved by the board. If an examination does not encompass the subject of
osteopathic principles and practice, the applicant shall be required to
complete the board-administered examination. The board may prepare and
administer or approve preparation and administration of examinations on such
subjects as the board deems advisable. The examination papers of any
examination administered by the board shall form a part of the applicant's
records (( of the director)) and shall be (( kept on file by the board
for a period of one year after examination. In said examination the applicant
shall be known and designated by number only, and the name attached to the
number shall be kept secret until final action by the board on such application))
retained as determined by the secretary for a period of not less than one
year. All applicants for examination or reexamination shall pay a fee
determined by the secretary as provided in RCW 43.70.250.
Sec. 8. RCW 18.57.145 and 1959 c 110 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:
provision of this chapter or of any other law shall prevent any person who
holds a valid, unrevoked certificate to practice ((
medicine and surgery from using in combination with his or her name
the designation "Osteopathic Physician and Surgeon" or the
abbreviation of his or her professional degree, Doctor of Osteopathy
(D.O.), provided he or she hold such professional degree, or any
combination thereof upon his or her stationery, in any professional
lists or directories or in other places where the same may properly appear as
permitted within the canons of ethics (( now or hereafter promulgated)) approved
by the (( Washington State Osteopathic Association or its successors)) board.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 9. A new section is added to chapter 18.57 RCW to read as follows:
The board may grant approval to issue without examination a license to an osteopathic physician and surgeon in a board-approved postgraduate training program in this state if the applicant files an application and meets all the requirements for licensure set forth in RCW 18.57.020 except for completion of one year of postgraduate training. The secretary shall issue a postgraduate osteopathic medicine and surgery license that permits the physician in postgraduate training to practice osteopathic medicine and surgery only in connection with his or her duties as a physician in postgraduate training and does not authorize the physician to engage in any other form of practice. Each physician in postgraduate training shall practice osteopathic medicine and surgery only under the supervision of a physician licensed in this state under this chapter or chapter 18.71 RCW, but such supervision shall not be construed to necessarily require the personal presence of the supervising physician at the place where services are rendered.
All persons licensed under this section shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the board of osteopathic medicine and surgery as set forth in this chapter and chapter 18.130 RCW.
Persons applying for licensure pursuant to this section shall pay an application and renewal fee determined by the secretary as provided in RCW 43.70.250. Licenses issued hereunder may be renewed annually. Any person who obtains a license pursuant to this section may, apply for licensure under this chapter, but shall submit a new application form and comply with all other licensing requirements of this chapter.
Sec. 10. RCW 18.57.130 and 1985 c 7 s 56 are each amended to read as follows:
Any person who meets the requirements of RCW 18.57.020 as now or hereafter amended and has been examined and licensed to practice osteopathic medicine and surgery by a state board of examiners of another state or the duly constituted authorities of another state authorized to issue licenses to practice osteopathic medicine and surgery upon examination, shall upon approval of the board be entitled to receive a license to practice osteopathic medicine and surgery in this state upon the payment of a fee determined by the director as provided in RCW 43.24.086 to the state treasurer and filing a copy of his license in such other state, duly certified by the authorities granting the license to be a full, true, and correct copy thereof, and certifying also that the standard of requirements adopted by such authorities as provided by the law of such state is substantially equal to that provided for by the provisions of this chapter: PROVIDED, That no license shall issue without examination to any person who has previously failed in an examination held in this state: PROVIDED, FURTHER, That all licenses herein mentioned may be revoked for unprofessional conduct, in the same manner and upon the same grounds as if issued under this chapter: PROVIDED, FURTHER, That no one shall be permitted to practice surgery under this chapter who has not a license to practice osteopathic medicine and surgery.