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Anti-harassment bills intro’d

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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:30 am

Inspired by advocate Marissa Hoechstetter’s testimony in Albany about sexual assault by her gynecologist, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) has introduced a series of bills intended to address sexual misconduct in healthcare settings.

The first bill proposed by Simotas would mandate that all medical professionals pass background checks as a condition of initial licensure. New York is one of just six states without the requirement, which Hoechstetter testified could make the state attractive to doctors with criminal histories.

The second bill aims to direct the Office of Professional Medical Conduct to publicize information on its website explaining the rights and reporting options available to patients subjected to sexual misconduct at the hands of a healthcare provider.

The third bill would require that doctors give written notice to their patients if they are subject to ongoing proceedings; have been placed on probation or disciplined by the OPMC; have been subject to the revocation, surrender, suspension or limitation of their medical license; or have been found guilty or entered into a settlement agreement for a medical malpractice claim.

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