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Senate Bill 0005


Senate Bill 0005

ARCHIVE (2003)

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL


Licensure of midwives. Establishes the midwifery board. Sets qualifications for a certified professional midwife (CPM). Requires the board to: (1) develop peer review procedures; (2) require the purchase of liability insurance as a condition for licensure when the board determines liability insurance is sufficiently available; and (3) adopt rules limiting the scope of practice of CPMs to nonhospital settings. Makes it a Class B misdemeanor to practice midwifery without a license. Allows the board to specify circumstances under which a CPM may administer certain prescription drugs. Provides that a health care provider may not be held liable for the acts or omissions of a CPM or a licensed physician who has a collaborative agreement with the midwife. Allows certain individuals to act under the supervision of a CPM. Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning to seek a waiver from the United States Department of Health and Human Services to allow Medicaid reimbursement for CPMs. Repeals former definition of "midwife" in medical malpractice law.
    Current Status:
     In Committee - first House
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