FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 640
94TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES DIXON (Sponsor), WILSON (119), KINGERY, LEMBKE, SPRENG, FAITH, HARRIS (110), WALTON AND MUNZLINGER (Co-sponsors).
Read 1st time January 29, 2007 and copies ordered printed.
D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To amend chapter 324, RSMo, by adding thereto twelve new sections relating to naturopathic medicine with penalty provisions.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 324, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto twelve new sections, to be known as sections 324.650, 324.653, 324.656, 324.659, 324.662, 324.665, 324.668, 324.671, 324.674, 324.677, 324.680, and 324.683, to read as follows:
324.650. 1. As used in sections 324.650 to 324.683, the following terms mean:
(1) "Approved naturopathic college", doctoral-level naturopathic medical education program that is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, its successor or equivalent, or which is recognized and approved by the state of Missouri coordinating board for higher education;
(2) "Board", the state board of registration for the healing arts;
(3) "Department", the department of insurance, financial institutions and professional registration;
(4) "Diagnose", to examine in any manner another person, parts of a person's body, or substances, fluids, or materials excreted, taken, or removed from a person's body, or produced by a person's body to determine the source, kind, or extent of a disease or other physical condition;
(5) "Natural medicine" includes:
(a) Food, food extracts, and dietary supplements;
(b) Plant, animal, mineral, and microbial substances; and
(c) Homeopathic remedies and substances prepared according to the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States;
(6) "Naturopathic medicine" or "naturopathy", a system of health care for the prevention, diagnosis, and care of human health conditions, injuries, and diseases that uses education and natural substances and remedies to support and stimulate the individual's intrinsic self-processes;
(7) "Naturopathic physical medicine", the use of the physical agents of air, water, heat, cold, sound, light, and electromagnetic nonionizing radiation, and the physical modalities of electrotheraphy, biofeedback, diathermy, ultraviolet light, ultrasound, hydrotherapy, exercise, and other electrical devices as approved by the board. The term does not include the practice of physical therapy, acupuncture, or chiropractic;
(8) "Naturopathic physician" or "naturopath", a person licensed to practice naturopathic medicine under sections 324.650 to 324.683.
2. Any person who is not currently a licensed naturopathic doctor within the meaning of the law to practice naturopathic medicine in any of its departments shall not engage in the practice of naturopathic medicine except as provided by sections 324.650 to 324.683.
3. As used in the laws of this state, the terms "naturopath", "naturopathic physician", "practitioner of naturopathic medicine", "naturopathy", "N.M.D." (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine), "N.D." (naturopathic doctor), or similar terms shall be construed to mean naturopathic physicians licensed under this chapter.
4. The term "naturopathic physician", and the designation "N.D." shall be used in any sign, letterhead, advertisement, solicitation, or other method of addressing the public.
324.653. Candidates for licensure as naturopathic physicians shall furnish satisfactory evidence of their good moral character and their preliminary qualifications as follows:
(1) File an application with the department;
(2) Earn a degree of doctor of naturopathy from an approved naturopathic college;
(3) Pass the naturopathic physician's licensing exam (NPLEX), or its successor or equivalent examination, as determined by the board;
(4) Be at least twenty-one years of age;
(5) Be a United States citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States; and
(6) Pay all application and examination fees required by the board.
324.656. 1. There is hereby established an "Advisory Commission for Naturopathic Medicine" for the purpose of advising the state board of registration for the healing arts on the licensing and supervising of all naturopathic physicians. The commission shall consist of six members, including one voting public member, to be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. At least four members of the commission shall be licensed naturopaths. Each naturopathic member of the commission shall be a citizen of the United States, actively engaged in the practice of naturopathy immediately preceding his or her appointment. One member shall be appointed from an appropriate healing profession, including medicine, as a person licensed under this chapter. All members shall be appointed for a term of four years. Each member shall receive compensation in an amount set by the commission not to exceed fifty dollars for each day devoted to the duties of the commission, and shall be entitled to reimbursement for the member's expenses necessarily incurred in the discharge of his or her official duties.
2. The commission's initial naturopathic physician members shall be licensed in accordance with sections 324.650 to 324.683 on or before August 28, 2008, or one year from the date of their appointment, which is later. If for any reason such a member cannot be licensed within such time period, a new member shall be appointed.
3. The initial appointments to the commission shall be one member for a term of one year, one member for a term of two years, one member for a term of three years, and two members for a term of four years.
4. The public member shall, at the time of his or her appointment, be a citizen of the United States, a resident of this state for a period of one year, and a registered voter. The public member shall not be a person who is or ever was a member of any profession licensed or regulated under this chapter or the spouse of such person, a person who has or has ever had a material financial interest in providing for the professional services regulated by this chapter, or an activity or organization directly related to any profession licensed or regulated under this chapter. All members, including public members, shall be chosen from a list submitted by the director of the department of insurance, financial institutions and professional registration. The duties of the public member shall not include the determination of technical requirements for licensure or whether any person meets such technical requirements or of the technical competence or judgment of a licensee or candidate.
324.659. 1. The state board of registration for the healing arts shall:
(1) Adopt rules that are necessary or proper for the administration of sections 324.650 to 324.683;
(2) Administer and enforce all provisions of sections 324.650 to 324.683 and all rules adopted by the board under the authority granted in sections 324.650 to 324.683;
(3) Set the amount of the fees which sections 324.650 to 324.683 authorize and require by rules and regulations promulgated under section 536.021, RSMo. The fees shall be set at a level to produce revenue which shall not substantially exceed the cost and expense of administering sections 324.650 to 324.683;
(4) Deposit all funds received under sections 324.650 to 324.683 in the board of registration for the healing arts fund established in section 334.050, RSMo; and
(5) Adopt rules for conducting licensing examinations required by sections 324.650 to 324.683.
2. The board may:
(1) Adopt rules that prescribe continuing medical education for the renewal of licenses issued under sections 324.650 to 324.683;
(2) Employ permanent or temporary personnel it deems necessary to carry out the purposes of sections 324.650 to 324.683 and designate their duties.
3. Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, RSMo, that is created pursuant to the authority delegated in sections 324.650 to 324.683 shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536, RSMo, and, if applicable, section 536.028, RSMo. This section and chapter 536, RSMo, are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536, RSMo, to review, to delay the effective date or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2007, shall be invalid and void.
324.662. 1. A person who holds a license under sections 324.650 to 324.683 shall display such document in a conspicuous place that is accessible to view by the public.
2. A person who practices, conducts affairs, or is employed at more than one location and who maintains a continuing activity as authorized by the license shall display a duplicate of such document issued by the board at each location.
324.665. 1. All persons desiring to practice as a naturopathic physician in this state shall be examined as to their fitness to engage in such practice by the board. All persons applying for examination shall file an application with the board at least thirty days before the date set for the examination upon applications furnished by the board.
2. The examination required for a license under sections 324.650 to 324.683 shall be the naturopathic physician's licensing examination (NPLEX), its successor examination or equivalent, as determined by the board.
3. Upon the applicant paying a fee equivalent to the required examination fee and furnishing the board with all locations of previous practice and licensure in chronological order, the board shall, under regulations prescribed by it, admit without examination qualified persons who meet the requirements of sections 324.650 to 324.683, and who hold certificates of licensure in any state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia authorizing them to practice in the same manner and to the same extent as naturopathic physicians are authorized to practice under sections 324.650 to 324.683. Within the limits of this subsection, the board is authorized and empowered to negotiate reciprocal compacts with licensing boards of other states for admission of licensed practitioners from Missouri in other states.
324.668. Sections 324.650 to 324.683 do not apply to the following persons:
(1) Any naturopathic physician who is employed as a resident in a public hospital, provided such practice is limited to such hospital and is under the supervision of a licensed naturopathic physician;
(2) Any naturopathic physician who is licensed in another state or country and who is meeting a naturopathic physician licensed in this state, for purposes of consultation, provided such practice is limited to such consultation;
(3) Any naturopathic physician who is licensed in another state or country who is visiting a naturopathic or other medical school or teaching hospital in this state to conduct naturopathic instruction for a period not to exceed six months, provided such practice is limited to such instruction and is under the supervision of a licensed naturopathic physician under sections 324.650 to 324.683;
(4) Any naturopathic student who is performing a clinical clerkship and who is matriculated in a naturopathic school which meets standards satisfactory to the department, provided such practice is limited to such clerkship;
(5) A person engaged in the sale of vitamins, health foods, dietary supplements, herbs, or other products of nature the sale of which is not otherwise prohibited under state or federal law;
(6) Any other person licensed in this state in any health care profession while the person is practicing within the scope of the license.
324.671. 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 324.659 to 324.662, a person may be licensed as a naturopathic physician without meeting the requirements of section 324.659 if the applicant:
(1) Is a resident of this state;
(2) Is at least twenty-one years of age;
(3) Provides a quality level of care for not less than twelve years as defined by the board and who has filed an affidavit with such board stating qualifications that rise to a level of competence as determined in the sole discretion of the board; and
(4) Applies for a license under this section before July 1, 2008.
2. A person licensed under this section may use the title naturopathic physician and any other title allowed under sections 324.650 to 324.683.
324.674. Any person who violates any provision of sections 324.650 to 324.683 is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
324.677. The board shall not renew any license unless the licensee provides satisfactory evidence that the licensee has complied with the board's minimum requirements for continuing education. All persons once licensed to practice naturopathic medicine in this state shall, on or before the license renewal date, furnish to the board satisfactory evidence of completion of the requisite number of hours of postsecondary study, which shall be ten hours during each twelve months of the registration period immediately preceding the filing of the registration renewal application.
324.680. 1. Every person licensed under the provisions of sections 324.650 to 324.683 shall renew his or her application on or before the registration renewal date. The application shall be made under oath on a form furnished by the board. The application shall include, but not be limited to, disclosure of the following:
(1) The applicant's full name, the applicant's office and residence address, and the date and number of his or her license;
(2) All final disciplinary actions taken against the applicant; and
(3) Information concerning the applicant's current physical and mental fitness to practice as a naturopathic physician.
2. A blank form for application for registration shall be mailed to each person licensed in this state at the person's last known office or residence address. The failure to receive it does not, however, relieve any person of the duty to register and pay the fee required by this chapter nor exempt him or her from the penalties provided by sections 324.650 to 324.683 for failure to register.
3. If a person licensed by the board does not renew such license by the license expiration date, such license shall be deemed void. If such person's license is deemed void, he or she may apply for a reinstatement of such license under the procedures established by the board.
324.683. 1. Each applicant for license under sections 324.650 to 324.683 shall accompany the application for license with a license fee to be paid to the director of revenue. If the application is filed and the fee paid after the license renewal date, a delinquent fee shall be paid. If in the opinion of the board, the applicant's failure to register is caused by extenuating circumstances including illness of the applicant, as defined by rule, the delinquent fee may be waived by the board. Whenever any new license is granted to any person under the provisions of sections 324.650 to 324.683, the board shall, upon application, issue to such licensee a license covering a period from the date of the issuance of the license to the next renewal date without the payment of any registration fee.
2. The board shall set the amount of the fees which sections 324.650 to 324.683 authorize and require by rules promulgated under chapter 536, RSMo. The fees shall be set at a level to produce revenue which shall not substantially exceed the cost and expense of administering sections 324.650 to 324.683.