House approves Caldier patient safety bill

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House approves Caldier patient safety bill

A bill that would require health providers disciplined for sexual misconduct to notify their patients passed the state House of Representatives today, 96 – 0.

Rep. Michelle Caldier is the prime sponsor of House Bill 1198.

“The first duty of government is to protect the public. This is an important step in doing so and providing transparency,” said Caldier, R-Port Orchard. “Patients put their trust in the hands of providers. It's important they have this information so they can make informed decisions about their health care providers.”

Under the bill, a licensed health professional who has been sanctioned by a disciplining authority for an act of unprofessional conduct involving sexual misconduct must provide a disclosure to patients scheduled for an appointment. The disclosure would include details and length of all sanctions and how the patient can find out more from the disciplining authority.

The measure now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

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