SENATE BILL 5903





                        57th Legislature

                      2001 Regular Session

Passed by the Senate March 14, 2001

  YEAS 44   NAYS 5




President of the Senate


Passed by the House April 10, 2001

  YEAS 92   NAYS 2



I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is  SENATE BILL 5903 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.




Speaker of the

      House of Representatives






Speaker of the

      House of Representatives



Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.   





Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                         SENATE BILL 5903



             Passed Legislature - 2001 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Senators Winsley, Franklin, Costa and Thibaudeau


Read first time 02/07/2001.  Referred to Committee on Health & Long‑Term Care.

Changing physician license fees.  

    AN ACT Relating to increasing the license surcharge for the impaired physician program; and amending RCW 18.71.310.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 18.71.310 and 1998 c 132 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) The commission shall enter into a contract with the entity to implement an impaired physician program.  The commission may enter into a contract with the entity for up to six years in length.  The impaired physician program may include any or all of the following:

    (a) Entering into relationships supportive of the impaired physician program with professionals who provide either evaluation or treatment services, or both;

    (b) Receiving and assessing reports of suspected impairment from any source;

    (c) Intervening in cases of verified impairment, or in cases where there is reasonable cause to suspect impairment;

    (d) Upon reasonable cause, referring suspected or verified impaired physicians for evaluation or treatment;

    (e) Monitoring the treatment and rehabilitation of impaired physicians including those ordered by the commission;

    (f) Providing monitoring and continuing treatment and rehabilitative support of physicians;

    (g) Performing such other activities as agreed upon by the commission and the entity; and

    (h) Providing prevention and education services.

    (2) A contract entered into under subsection (1) of this section shall be financed by a surcharge of not less than twenty-five and not more than thirty-five dollars per year on each license renewal or issuance of a new license to be collected by the department of health from every physician and surgeon licensed under this chapter in addition to other license fees.  These moneys shall be placed in the impaired physician account to be used solely for the implementation of the impaired physician program.


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