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  334.615.  Clear and present danger, information to be brought to board — sanctioning authority — hearing required, when, procedure. — 1.  Upon receipt of information that the holder of any license as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant issued under this chapter may present a clear and present danger to the public health and safety, the executive director shall direct that the information be brought to the board in the form of sworn testimony or affidavits during a meeting of the board.

  2.  The board may issue an order suspending or restricting the holder of a license as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant if it believes:

  (1)  The licensee's acts, conduct, or condition may have violated subsection 2 of section 334.613; and

  (2)  A licensee is practicing, attempting, or intending to practice in Missouri; and

  (3)  (a)  A licensee is unable by reason of any physical or mental condition to receive and evaluate information or to communicate decisions to the extent that the licensee's condition or actions significantly affect the licensee's ability to practice; or

  (b)  Another state, territory, federal agency, or country has issued an order suspending or restricting the physical therapist's or physical therapist assistant's right to practice his or her profession; or

  (c)  The licensee has engaged in repeated acts of life-threatening negligence as defined in subsection 2 of section 334.613; and

  (4)  The acts, conduct, or condition of the licensee constitute a clear and present danger to the public health and safety.

  3.  (1)  The order of suspension or restriction:

  (a)  Shall be based on the sworn testimony or affidavits presented to the board;

  (b)  May be issued without notice and hearing to the licensee;

  (c)  Shall include the facts which lead the board to conclude that the acts, conduct, or condition of the licensee constitute a clear and present danger to the public health and safety.

  (2)  The board or the administrative hearing commission shall serve the licensee, in person or by certified mail, with a copy of the order of suspension or restriction and all sworn testimony or affidavits presented to the board, a copy of the complaint and the request for expedited hearing, and a notice of the place of and the date upon which the preliminary hearing will be held.

  (3)  The order of restriction shall be effective upon service of the documents required in subdivision (2) of this subsection.

  (4)  The order of suspension shall become effective upon the entry of the preliminary order of the administrative hearing commission.

  (5)  The licensee may seek a stay order from the circuit court of Cole County from the preliminary order of suspension, pending the issuance of a final order by the administrative hearing commission.

  4.  The board shall file a complaint in the administrative hearing commission with a request for expedited preliminary hearing and shall certify the order of suspension or restriction and all sworn testimony or affidavits presented to the board.  Immediately upon receipt of a complaint filed under this section, the administrative hearing commission shall set the place and date of the expedited preliminary hearing which shall be conducted as soon as possible, but not later than five days after the date of service upon the licensee.  The administrative hearing commission shall grant a licensee's request for a continuance of the preliminary hearing; however, the board's order shall remain in full force and effect until the preliminary hearing, which shall be held not later than forty-five days after service of the documents required in subdivision (2) of subsection 3 of this section.

  5.  At the preliminary hearing, the administrative hearing commission shall receive into evidence all information certified by the board and shall only hear evidence on the issue of whether the board's order of suspension or restriction should be terminated or modified.  Within one hour after the preliminary hearing, the administrative hearing commission shall issue its oral or written preliminary order, with or without findings of fact and conclusions of law, that adopts, terminates, or modifies the board's order.  The administrative hearing commission shall reduce to writing any oral preliminary order within five business days, but the effective date of the order shall be the date orally issued.

  6.  The preliminary order of the administrative hearing commission shall become a final order and shall remain in effect for three years unless either party files a request for a full hearing on the merits of the complaint filed by the board within thirty days from the date of the issuance of the preliminary order of the administrative hearing commission.

  7.  Upon receipt of a request for full hearing, the administrative hearing commission shall set a date for hearing and notify the parties in writing of the time and place of the hearing.  If a request for full hearing is timely filed, the preliminary order of the administrative hearing commission shall remain in effect until the administrative hearing commission enters an order terminating, modifying, or dismissing its preliminary order or until the board issues an order of discipline following its consideration of the decision of the administrative hearing commission under section 621.110 and subsection 3 of section 334.100.

  8.  In cases where the board initiates summary suspension or restriction proceedings against a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant licensed under this chapter, and such petition is subsequently denied by the administrative hearing commission, in addition to any award made under sections 536.085 and 536.087, the board, but not individual members of the board, shall pay actual damages incurred during any period of suspension or restriction.

  9.  Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter or chapter 610 or chapter 621 to the contrary, the proceedings under this section shall be closed and no order shall be made public until it is final, for purposes of appeal.

  10.  The burden of proving the elements listed in subsection 2 of this section shall be upon the state board of registration for the healing arts.

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(L. 2008 S.B. 788)


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