Utah Code Title 58. Occupations and Professions § 58-67-601. Mentally incompetent or incapacitated physician
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(1) As used in this section:
(a) “Incapacitated person” means a person who is incapacitated, as defined in Section 75-1-201.
(b) “Mental illness” means the same as that term is defined in Section 62A-15-602.
(c) “Physician” means an individual licensed under this chapter.
(2) If a court of competent jurisdiction determines a physician is an incapacitated person or that the physician has a mental illness and is unable to safely engage in the practice of medicine, the director shall immediately suspend the license of the physician upon the entry of the judgment of the court, without further proceedings under Title 63G, Chapter 4, Administrative Procedures Act, regardless of whether an appeal from the court's ruling is pending. The director shall promptly notify the physician, in writing, of the suspension.
(3)(a) If the division and a majority of the board find reasonable cause to believe a physician, who is not determined judicially to be an incapacitated person or to have a mental illness, is incapable of practicing medicine with reasonable skill regarding the safety of patients, because of illness, excessive use of drugs or alcohol, or as a result of any mental or physical condition, the board shall recommend that the director file a petition with the division, and cause the petition to be served upon the physician with a notice of hearing on the sole issue of the capacity of the physician to competently and safely engage in the practice of medicine.
(b) The hearing shall be conducted under Section 58-1-109, and Title 63G, Chapter 4, Administrative Procedures Act, except as provided in Subsection (4).
(4)(a) Every physician who accepts the privilege of being licensed under this chapter gives consent to:
(i) submitting at the physician's own expense to an immediate mental or physical examination when directed in writing by the division and a majority of the board to do so; and
(ii) the admissibility of the reports of the examining physician's testimony or examination, and waives all objections on the ground the reports constitute a privileged communication.
(b) The examination may be ordered by the division, with the consent of a majority of the board, only upon a finding of reasonable cause to believe:
(i) the physician has a mental illness, is incapacitated, or otherwise unable to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety; and
(ii) immediate action by the division and the board is necessary to prevent harm to the physician's patients or the general public.
(c)(i) Failure of a physician to submit to the examination ordered under this section is a ground for the division's immediate suspension of the physician's license by written order of the director.
(ii) The division may enter the order of suspension without further compliance with Title 63G, Chapter 4, Administrative Procedures Act, unless the division finds the failure to submit to the examination ordered under this section was due to circumstances beyond the control of the physician and was not related directly to the illness or incapacity of the physician.
(5)(a) A physician whose license is suspended under Subsection (2) or (3) has the right to a hearing to appeal the suspension within 10 days after the license is suspended.
(6) A physician whose license is revoked, suspended, or in any way restricted under this section may request the division and the board to consider, at reasonable intervals, evidence presented by the physician, under procedures established by division rule, regarding any change in the physician's condition, to determine whether:
(a) the physician is or is not able to safely and competently engage in the practice of medicine; and
(b) the physician is qualified to have the physician's license to practice under this chapter restored completely or in part.
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