PROFESSIONS, VOCATIONS, AND BUSINESSES
PHYSICIANS AND PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS
54-1814. Grounds for medical discipline. Every person licensed to practice medicine, or registered as an intern or resident in this state is subject to discipline by the board pursuant to the procedures set forth in this chapter and rules promulgated pursuant thereto upon any of the following grounds:
(1) Being convicted of a felony, pleading guilty to a felony, or the finding of guilt by a jury or court of commission of a felony.
(2) Using false, fraudulent or forged statements or documents, diplomas or credentials in connection with any licensing or other requirements of this act.
(3) Practicing medicine under a false or assumed name in this or any other state.
(4) Advertising the practice of medicine in any unethical or unprofessional manner.
(5) Knowingly aiding or abetting any person to practice medicine who is not authorized to practice medicine as provided in this chapter.
(6) Performing or procuring an unlawful abortion or aiding or abetting the performing or procuring of an unlawful abortion.
(7) Providing health care which fails to meet the standard of health care provided by other qualified physicians or physician assistants in the same community or similar communities, taking into account his training, experience and the degree of expertise to which he holds himself out to the public.
(8) Dividing fees or gifts or agreeing to split or divide fees or gifts received for professional services with any person, institution or corporation in exchange for referral.
(9) Giving or receiving or aiding or abetting the giving or receiving of rebates, either directly or indirectly.
(10) Inability to obtain or renew a license to practice medicine, or revocation, suspension, or other discipline of a license to practice medicine by any other state, territory, district of the United States or Canada, unless it can be shown that such action was not related to the competence of the person to practice medicine or to any conduct designated herein.
(11) Prescribing or furnishing narcotic or hallucinogenic drugs to addicted persons to maintain their addictions and level of usage without attempting to treat the primary condition requiring the use of narcotics.
(12) Prescribing or furnishing narcotic, hypnotic, hallucinogenic, stimulating or dangerous drugs for other than treatment of any disease, injury or medical condition.
(13) Failing to safeguard the confidentiality of medical records or other medical information pertaining to identifiable patients, except as required or authorized by law.
(14) Directly promoting the sale of drugs, devices, appliances or goods to a patient that are unnecessary and not medically indicated.
(15) Abandoning a patient.
(16) Willfully and intentionally representing that a manifestly incurable disease or injury or other manifestly incurable condition can be permanently cured.
(17) Failing to supervise the activities of interns, residents, nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, clinical nurse specialists, or physician assistants.
(18) Practicing medicine when a license pursuant to this chapter is suspended, revoked or inactive.
(19) Practicing medicine in violation of a voluntary restriction or terms of probation pursuant to this chapter.
(20) Refusing to divulge to the board upon demand the means, method, device or instrumentality used in the treatment of a disease, injury, ailment, or infirmity.
(21) Committing any act constituting a felony.
(22) Engaging in any conduct which constitutes an abuse or exploitation of a patient arising out of the trust and confidence placed in the physician by the patient.
(23) Being convicted of or pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other intoxicating substances or being convicted of or pleading guilty to other drug or alcohol related criminal charges.
(24) Failing to comply with a board order entered by the board.
(25) Failing to comply with the requirements of the abortion complications reporting act, chapter 95, title 39, Idaho Code.
(26) Engaging in a pattern of unprofessional or disruptive behavior or interaction in a health care setting that interferes with patient care or could reasonably be expected to adversely impact the quality of care rendered to a patient. Such behavior does not have to have caused actual patient harm to be considered unprofessional or disruptive.
(27) Interfering with an investigation or disciplinary proceeding by willful misrepresentation of facts or by use of threats of harassment against any patient, member of a board or committee on professional discipline, board staff, hearing officer, or witness in an attempt to influence the outcome of a disciplinary proceeding, investigation, or other legal action.
(28) Delegating professional responsibilities to:
(a) An unlicensed person when the licensee knows or has reason to know that such person is not qualified by training, experience, or license to carry them out; or
(b) A person licensed by this state to engage in activities which may involve the practice of medicine when the delegating licensee knows or has reason to know that the delegated activities are outside the licensed person’s scope of practice.
(29) Failure to report the charge or conviction of a felony to the board within thirty (30) days of the charge.
[54-1814, added 1977, ch. 199, sec. 14, p. 547; am. 1979, ch. 58, sec. 1, p. 152; am. 1992, ch. 73, sec. 1, p. 209; am. 1998, ch. 118, sec. 15, p. 446; am. 1998, ch. 177, sec. 5, p. 662; am. 2000, ch. 332, sec. 3, p. 1118; am. 2013, ch. 252, sec. 1, p. 622; am. 2018, ch. 225, sec. 3, p. 515; am. 2019, ch. 26, sec. 16, p. 67.]