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Health and Safety Code - HSC

DIVISION 2. LICENSING PROVISIONS [1200 - 1796.70]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )
  

CHAPTER 2. Health Facilities [1250 - 1339.59]

  ( Chapter 2 repealed and added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1202. )
  

ARTICLE 7. Other Services [1315 - 1323.1]
  ( Article 7 added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1202. )

  
1316.5.  

(a) (1) Each health facility owned and operated by the state offering care or services within the scope of practice of a psychologist shall establish rules and medical staff bylaws that include provisions for medical staff membership and clinical privileges for clinical psychologists within the scope of their licensure as psychologists, subject to the rules and medical staff bylaws governing medical staff membership or privileges as the facility shall establish. The rules and regulations shall not discriminate on the basis of whether the staff member holds an M.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.P.M., or doctoral degree in psychology within the scope of the member’s respective licensure. Each of these health facilities owned and operated by the state shall establish a staff comprised of physicians and surgeons, dentists, podiatrists, psychologists, or any combination thereof, that shall regulate the admission, conduct, suspension, or termination of the staff appointment of psychologists employed by the health facility.

(2) With regard to the practice of psychology in health facilities owned and operated by the state offering care or services within the scope of practice of a psychologist, medical staff status shall include and provide for the right to pursue and practice full clinical privileges for holders of a doctoral degree of psychology within the scope of their respective licensure. These rights and privileges shall be limited or restricted only upon the basis of an individual practitioner’s demonstrated competence. Competence shall be determined by health facility rules and medical staff bylaws that are necessary and are applied in good faith, equally and in a nondiscriminatory manner, to all practitioners, regardless of whether they hold an M.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.P.M., or doctoral degree in psychology.

(3) Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to require a health facility owned and operated by the state to offer a specific health service or services not otherwise offered. If a health service is offered in such a health facility that includes provisions for medical staff membership and clinical privileges for clinical psychologists, the facility shall not discriminate between persons holding an M.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.P.M., or doctoral degree in psychology who are authorized by law to perform the service within the scope of the person’s respective licensure.

(4) The rules and medical staff bylaws of a health facility owned and operated by the state that include provisions for medical staff membership and clinical privileges for medical staff and duly licensed clinical psychologists shall not discriminate on the basis of whether the staff member holds an M.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.P.M., or doctoral degree in psychology within the scope of the member’s respective licensure. The health facility staff of these health facilities who process, review, evaluate, and determine qualifications for staff privileges for medical staff shall include, if possible, staff members who are clinical psychologists.

(b) (1) The rules of a health facility not owned or operated by this state may enable the appointment of clinical psychologists on the terms and conditions that the facility shall establish. In these health facilities, clinical psychologists may hold membership and serve on committees of the medical staff and carry professional responsibilities consistent with the scope of their licensure and their competence, subject to the rules of the health facility.

(2) Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to require a health facility not owned or operated by this state to offer a specific health service or services not otherwise offered. If a health service is offered by a health facility with both licensed physicians and surgeons and clinical psychologists on the medical staff, which both licensed physicians and surgeons and clinical psychologists are authorized by law to perform, the service may be performed by either, without discrimination.

(3) This subdivision shall not prohibit a health facility that is a clinical teaching facility owned or operated by a university operating a school of medicine from requiring that a clinical psychologist have a faculty teaching appointment as a condition for eligibility for staff privileges at that facility.

(4) In any health facility that is not owned or operated by this state that provides staff privileges to clinical psychologists, the health facility staff who process, review, evaluate, and determine qualifications for staff privileges for medical staff shall include, if possible, staff members who are clinical psychologists.

(c) No classification of health facilities by the department, nor any other classification of health facilities based on quality of service or otherwise, by any person, body, or governmental agency of this state or any subdivision thereof shall be affected by a health facility’s provision for use of its facilities by duly licensed clinical psychologists, nor shall any classification of these facilities be affected by the subjection of the psychologists to the rules and regulations of the organized professional staff. No classification of health facilities by any governmental agency of this state or any subdivision thereof pursuant to any law, whether enacted prior or subsequent to the effective date of this section, for the purposes of ascertaining eligibility for compensation, reimbursement, or other benefit for treatment of patients shall be affected by a health facility’s provision for use of its facilities by duly licensed clinical psychologists, nor shall any classification of these facilities be affected by the subjection of the psychologists to the rules and regulations of the organized professional staff which govern the psychologists’ use of the facilities.

(d) “Clinical psychologist,” as used in this section, means a psychologist licensed by this state who meets both of the following requirements:

(1) Possesses an earned doctorate degree in psychology from an educational institution meeting the criteria of subdivision (b) of Section 2914 of the Business and Professions Code.

(2) Has not less than two years clinical experience in a multidisciplinary facility licensed or operated by this or another state or by the United States to provide health care, or, is listed in the latest edition of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, as adopted by the Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

(e) Nothing in this section is intended to expand the scope of licensure of clinical psychologists. Notwithstanding the Ralph C. Dills Act (Chapter 10.3 (commencing with Section 3512) of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code), the Public Employment Relations Board is precluded from creating any additional bargaining units for the purpose of exclusive representation of state psychologist employees that might result because of medical staff membership and/or privilege changes for psychologists due to the enactment of provisions by Assembly Bill No. 3141 of the 1995–96 Regular Session.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 24, Sec. 13. (AB 1470) Effective June 27, 2012.)