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§5-29-16  Unprofessional conduct. –

Published: 2015

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SECTION 5-29-16

   § 5-29-16  Unprofessional conduct. –

The term "unprofessional conduct" as used in this chapter includes, but is not

limited to, the following items or any combination of them and may be further

defined by regulations established by the board with the approval of the


   (1) Fraudulent or deceptive procuring or use of a license of

limited registration;

   (2) All advertising of podiatry business, which is intended

or has a tendency to deceive the public;

   (3) Conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude;

conviction of a felony; conviction of a crime arising out of the practice of


   (4) Abandonment of patient;

   (5) Dependence upon a controlled substance, habitual

drunkenness or rendering professional services to a patient while the

podiatrist or limited registrant is intoxicated or incapacitated by the use of


   (6) Promotion by a podiatrist, or limited registrant of the

sale of drugs, devices, appliances, or goods or services provided for a patient

in a manner that exploits the patient for the financial gain of the podiatrist

or limited registrant;

   (7) Immoral conduct of a podiatrist, or limited registrant in

the practice of podiatry;

   (8) Willfully making and filing false reports or records in

the practice of podiatry;

   (9) Willful omission to file or record, or willfully impeding

or obstructing a filing or recording, or inducing another person to omit to

file or record podiatry/medical or other reports as required by law;

   (10) Failure to furnish details of a patient's medical record

to a succeeding podiatrist or medical facility upon proper request pursuant to

this chapter;

   (11) Solicitation of professional patronage by agents or

persons or profiting from acts of those representing themselves to be agents of

the licensed podiatrist or limited registrant;

   (12) Division of fees or agreeing to split or divide the fees

received for professional services for any person for bringing to or referring

a patient;

   (13) Agreeing with clinical or bio-analytical laboratories to

accept payments from those laboratories for individual tests or test series for

patients, or agreeing with podiatry laboratories to accept payment from those

laboratories for work referred;

   (14) Willful misrepresentation in treatment;

   (15) Practice podiatry with an unlicensed podiatrist except

in accordance with the rules and regulations of the board of aiding or abetting

those unlicensed persons in the practice of podiatry;

   (16) Gross and willful overcharging for professional

services; including filing of false statements for collection of fees for which

services are not rendered or willfully making or assisting in making a false

claim or deceptive claim or misrepresenting a material fact for use in

determining rights to podiatric care or other benefits;

   (17) Offering, undertaking or agreeing to cure or treat

disease by a secret method, procedure, treatment, or medicine;

   (18) Professional or mental incompetence;

   (19) Incompetent, negligent, or willful misconduct in the

practice of podiatry which includes the rendering of unnecessary podiatry

services and any departure from or the failure to conform to the minimal

standards of acceptable and prevailing podiatry practice in his or her area of

expertise as is determined by the board. The board does not need to establish

actual injury to the patient in order to adjudge a podiatrist or limited

registrant to be guilty of unprofessional conduct;

   (20) Revocation, suspension, surrender, or limitation of

privilege based on quality of care provided or any other disciplinary action

against a license to practice podiatry in another state or jurisdiction, or

revocation, suspension, surrender or other disciplinary action as to membership

on any podiatry staff or in any podiatry or professional association or society

for conduct similar to acts or conduct which would constitute grounds for

action as set forth in this chapter;

   (21) Any adverse judgment, settlement or award arising from a

medical liability claim related to acts or conduct similar to acts or conduct

which would constitute grounds for action as defined in this chapter or

regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter;

   (22) Failure to furnish the board, its director,

investigator, or representative, information legally requested by the board;

   (23) Violation of any provisions of this chapter or the rules

and regulations of the board or any rules and regulations promulgated by the

director or of an action, stipulation, or agreement of the board;

   (24) Cheating on or attempting to subvert the licensing


   (25) Violating any state or federal law or regulation

relating to controlled substances;

   (26) Failure to maintain standards established by peer review

boards, including but not limited to standards related to proper utilization of

services, and use of non-accepted procedure and/or quality of care; or

   (27) A podiatrist providing services to a person who is

making a claim as a result of a personal injury, who charges or collects from

the person any amount in excess of the reimbursement to the podiatrist by the

insurer as a condition of providing or continuing to provide services or


History of Section.

(P.L. 1988, ch. 274, § 2; P.L. 1999, ch. 465, § 1.)