Bill Text: AZ SB1406 | 2024 | Fifty-sixth Legislature 2nd Regular | Introduced

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Bill Title: International medical licensees; provisional licensure

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 6-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2024-04-04 - House Committee of the Whole action: Do Pass [SB1406 Detail]

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REFERENCE TITLE:  international medical licensees; provisional licensure

 

 

 

 

State of Arizona

Senate

Fifty-sixth Legislature

Second Regular Session

2024

 

 

 

SB 1406

 

Introduced by

Senators Shamp: Bolick, Carroll, Gowan, Kerr, Shope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Act

 

amending title 32, chapter 13, article 2, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 32-1440; relating to medical licensure.

 

 

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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1. Title 32, chapter 13, article 2, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 32-1440, to read:

START_STATUTE32-1440. International medical licensees; provisional licensure; fees; renewal; conversion to full licensure; disciplinary actions; definitions

A. Notwithstanding any other law, the board may grant a provisional license to engage in the practice of medicine in this state to any international medical licensee who meets all of the following:

1. Has an offer for employment as a physician at any health care provider that operates in an area that is designated as medically underserved by the department of health services pursuant to section 36-2352.

2. Has a Federal immigration status that allows the person to work as a physician in the United States.

3. meets the requirements for licensure prescribed in section 32-1422, except for section 32-1422, subsection A, paragraph 2, and, if applicable, section 32-1423, paragraphs 1 and 2.

B. The board by rule may establish licensing and renewal fees for provisional licensees.  A provisional license shall be renewed annually.  The international medical licensee shall comply with the continuing EDUCATION requirements required under this chapter and the rules adopted pursuant to this chapter.

C. The international medical licensee's employer shall notify the board if the international medical licensee is terminated or leaves employment for any reason.  within five days after receiving the notification from the employer, the board shall terminate the provisional license unless the international medical licensee notifies the board that the international medical licensee is working for another employer in an area that is designated as medically underserved by the department of health services pursuant to section 36-2352.

D. An employer of an international medical licensee may require the licensee to take a competency test at anytime during employment.

E. The board may discipline a provisional licensee or revoke a provisional license granted pursuant to this section based on clear and compelling evidence after an investigation conducted pursuant to section 32-1451. A provisional licensee may appeal the revocation of the provisional license to the superior court in Maricopa county pursuant to title 12, chapter 7, article 6 within one hundred twenty days after the decision of the board to revoke the provisional license. The court shall reinstate the provisional license if the court finds that the board's actions did not meet the standards prescribed in this subsection.

F. A provisional license shall automatically be converted to a full license to practice medicine in this state after four years if the provisional licensee meets both of the following:

1. Engages in the practice of medicine in this state for four years in an area that is designated as medically underserved by the department of health services pursuant to section 36-2352.

2. Is not disciplined by the board during that four-year period of the provisional license.

G. This section does not require the board to grant a provisional license to an international medical licensee who does not provide all of the following:

1. Evidence of substantially similar medical training as that required by this state.

2. Evidence of satisfactory passage of exams.

3. A complete license application.

4. Payment of all required licensing fees.

H. The board may require an applicant international medical licensee to submit any necessary supporting application materials so that the board may properly evaluate the applicant for licensure.

I. The board may require an applicant international medical licensee, at the applicant's expense, to submit medical education information through the educational commission for foreign medical graduates or another third-party records service.

J. for the purposes of this section:

1. "Health care provider":

(a) Means an individual, entity, corporation, person or organization, whether for-profit or nonprofit, that furnishes, bills for or is paid for health care procedures or service delivery in the normal course of business.

(b) Includes health systems, hospitals, hospital-based facilities, freestanding emergency facilities and urgent care clinics.

2. "International medical licensee " means an individual who meets all of the following requirements:

(a) Has been granted a medical doctorate or a substantially similar degree by an international medical program of good standing.

(b) Has completed a residency or substantially similar postgraduate medical training recognized by the licensing body of the country where the individual is licensed.

(c) Possesses basic fluency in the English language.

(d) Has been licensed to practice medicine within the preceding five yearS in one or more of the following:

(i) Australia.

(ii) Canada.

(iii) Hong Kong.

(iv) Ireland.

(v) Israel.

(vi) New Zealand.

(vii) Singapore.

(viii) South Africa.

(ix) Switzerland.

(x) The United Kingdom.

(xi) Any additional country added by the board.

(e) HAS PRACTICED MEDICINE IN THE LICENSING COUNTRY FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS after completing the postgraduate training required in subdivision (b) of this paragraph.

3. "International medical program" means any medical school, residency program, medical internship program or entity that provides physicians with a medical education or training that is substantially similar to that required to practice as a physician in this state.

4. "Physician" means an individual who has obtained a medical doctorate or a substantially similar degree and who has completed a residency program or substantially similar postgraduate medical training. END_STATUTE

Sec. 2. Effective date

Section 32-1440, Arizona Revised Statutes, as added by this act, is effective from and after December 31, 2024.

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