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AB-370 Physicians and surgeons: forms: fee limitations.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/22/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 22, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 12, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 370


Introduced by Assembly Member Voepel

February 05, 2019


An act to add Article 16 (commencing with Section 2380) to Chapter 5 of Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to healing arts.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 370, as amended, Voepel. Physicians and surgeons: forms: fee limitations.
Existing law, the Medical Practice Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of the practice of medicine by physicians and surgeons. Existing law establishes the Medical Board of California within the Department of Consumer Affairs to enforce the licensing and regulatory provisions in the act. Existing law provides that a violation of specified provisions of the act is a crime.
This bill would limit the amount that a physician and surgeon licensee may charge a patient for filling out medical forms, including applications for state disability insurance, as specified. The bill would authorize the Medical Board of California to annually increase the fee amount permitted by an amount equal to the increase in the California Consumer Price Index. to a reasonable fee, based on the actual time and cost for filling out the form, as specified. The bill would provide that a violation of these provisions is not a crime.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Article 16 (commencing with Section 2380) is added to Chapter 5 of Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code, to read:
Article  16. Medical Forms

2380.
 (a) Subject to subdivision (b), a physician and surgeon shall not may charge a fee to a patient for filling out medical forms, no more than a reasonable fee based on the actual time and cost for filling out the forms, including forms to apply for state disability insurance, that exceeds twenty-five dollars ($25) for each form. insurance.
(b) The limitation on fees applies only to forms subsequently filled out by the licensee after the initial form is completed.

(c)Subject to Section 2001.1, the Medical Board of California may annually increase the amount of fees permitted to be charged under this section by an amount equal to the increase in the California Consumer Price Index.

(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that completed medical forms be made available at the lowest possible cost to the patient.
(d) Section 2314 shall not apply to a violation of this section.