Physician Conduct Rules Under Evaluation

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ State regulators and the Kansas Medical Society are wrestling with rewriting laws dealing with physicians' conduct.

The State Board of Healing Arts is seeking changes to allow it to act against a doctor for a single incident of incompetence or providing poor care. Currently, the board must show a pattern in which a doctor has failed to meet the accepted standard of medical care before acting against a doctor's license.

The House passed a bill last month. The Senate Health Care Strategies Committee plans to have a hearing Tuesday.

Board members and staff met for an hour Monday to consider possible amendments to the bill. The society expects to propose the changes to the Senate committee.

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