Skip to Main Content
Services Talent Knowledge
Site Search
Menu

Blog Post

October 16, 2020

NYS Physicians Now Required to Alert Patients to Their Right to Report Possible Professional Misconduct

On October 7, 2020, NYS Governor Cuomo signed chapter 203 of the Laws of 2019-2020, which enacted a new provision to alert patients concerning their right to report possible professional misconduct on the part of physicians and physician assistants to the Office of Professional Medical Conduct. A new paragraph (h) was added to the Public Health Law 230(11), which now states:

(h) The office of professional medical conduct shall post on its website information on patients' rights and reporting options under this subdivision regarding professional misconduct, which shall specifically include information on reporting instances of misconduct involving sexual harassment and assault. All physicians' practice settings shall conspicuously post signage, visible to their patients, directing such patients to the office of professional medical conduct's website for information about their rights and how to report professional misconduct.

This new amendment refers to “physician practice settings” and is not limited to just physician-owned practices. Rather, the law broadly applies to any practice setting where physicians are providing professional services.

The law is effective immediately, and therefore practice managers and other management personnel are advised to post the notice as soon as possible. Because signage must be “conspicuous,” it is recommended the notice be posted either at patient sign-in or check-out areas.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this blog post, please contact Fran Ciardullo, special counsel, at fciardullo@barclaydamon.com or another member of the firm’s Health Care or Health & Human Services Providers Team.

Featured Media

Alerts

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Certifies Questions Regarding Damages for Improper Judgment Enforcement to New York Court of Appeals

Alerts

NYS Governor Cuomo Signs Bill to Fully Repeal Immunity for Certain Health Care Providers and Facilities

Alerts

Gridlock and Middleman Lobbying Cause NYS Pharmacy Benefit Manager Reforms to Fail Again in NYS Budget

Alerts

IRS Issues Additional Guidance on the Employee Retention Credit for First Two Quarters of 2021

Alerts

More Good News for Local Restaurants and Entertainment Establishments

Alerts

New York State Announces Deal to Legalize Marijuana

This site uses cookies to give you the best experience possible on our site and in some cases direct advertisements to you based upon your use of our site.

By clicking [I agree], you are agreeing to our use of cookies. For information on what cookies we use and how to manage our use of cookies, please visit our Privacy Statement.

I AgreeOpt-Out