HOUSE BILL 1082
State of Washington
2023 Regular Session
ByRepresentatives Simmons, Jacobsen, Goodman, Springer, Santos, and Ormsby
Prefiled 12/23/22.Read first time 01/09/23.Referred to Committee on Consumer Protection & Business.
AN ACT Relating to expanding opportunities for physical therapy and occupational therapy professionals to form professional service corporations; and amending RCW 18.100.050
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
and 2021 c 176 s 5204 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) An individual or group of individuals duly licensed or otherwise legally authorized to render the same professional services within this state may organize and become a shareholder or shareholders of a professional corporation for pecuniary profit under the provisions of Title 23B
RCW for the purpose of rendering professional service. One or more of the legally authorized individuals shall be the incorporators of the professional corporation.
(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, registered architects and registered engineers may own stock in and render their individual professional services through one professional service corporation.
(3) Licensed health care professionals, providing services to enrolled participants either directly or through arrangements with a health maintenance organization registered under chapter 48.46
RCW or federally qualified health maintenance organization, may own stock in and render their individual professional services through one professional service corporation.
(4) Professionals may organize a nonprofit nonstock corporation under this chapter and chapter 24.03A
RCW to provide professional services, and the provisions of this chapter relating to stock and referring to Title 23B
RCW shall not apply to any such corporation.
(5)(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, health care professionals who are licensed or certified pursuant to chapters 18.06
, 18.225, 18.22, 18.25, 18.29, 18.34, 18.35, 18.36A, 18.50, 18.53, 18.55, 18.57, 18.59,
18.64, 18.71, 18.71A, 18.74,
18.79, 18.83, 18.89, 18.108, and 18.138
RCW may own stock in and render their individual professional services through one professional service corporation and are to be considered, for the purpose of forming a professional service corporation, as rendering the "same specific professional services" or "same professional services" or similar terms.
(b) ((Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, health care professionals who are regulated under chapters 18.59 and 18.74 RCW may own stock in and render their individual professional services through one professional service corporation formed for the sole purpose of providing professional services within their respective scope of practice.
)) Formation of a professional service corporation under this subsection does not restrict the application of the uniform disciplinary act under chapter 18.130
RCW, or applicable health care professional statutes under Title 18
RCW, including but not limited to restrictions on persons practicing a health profession without being appropriately credentialed and persons practicing beyond the scope of their credential.
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