18.71.300  <<  18.71.310 >>   18.71.315

Physician health programLicense surchargePayment of funds.

*** CHANGE IN 2024 *** (SEE 1972.SL) ***
(1) The commission shall enter into a contract with the entity to implement a physician health program. The commission may enter into a contract with the entity for up to six years in length. The physician health program may include any or all of the following:
(a) Entering into relationships supportive of the physician health 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 participants including those ordered by the commission;
(f) Providing monitoring and care management support of program participants;
(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 fifty dollars per year or equivalent on each license renewal or issuance of a new license to be collected by the department of health from every physician, surgeon, and physician assistant licensed under this chapter in addition to other license fees. These moneys shall be placed in the impaired physician account to be used solely to support the physician health program.
(3) All funds in the impaired physician account shall be paid to the contract entity within sixty days of deposit.


FindingIntentSeverability1998 c 132: See notes following RCW 18.71.0195.
Effective date1997 c 79: See note following RCW 18.71.401.
SeverabilityHeadings and captions not lawEffective date1994 sp.s. c 9: See RCW 18.79.900 through 18.79.902.
Effective date1987 c 416: See note following RCW 18.71.300.
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