Tennessee Code Annotated

Title 63: Professions of the Healing Arts

Chapter 51: Health Care Consumer Right-to-Know Act of 1998

TCA 63-51-117: Provision of information prior to licensure.

(a) Each licensed provider, as defined in SC 63-51-102(b), must provide the information required by this chapter to be compiled into provider profiles by the department of health.

(b) Each provider, as defined in SC 63-51-102(b), seeking licensure must provide the information required by this chapter before licensure will be granted.

(c) Before the issuance of the licensure renewal notice, the department shall send a notice to each licensed provider at the provider's last known address of record with the department regarding the requirements for information to be submitted by such provider pursuant to this chapter.

(d) Each provider who has submitted information pursuant to this chapter must update that information in writing by notifying the department within thirty (30) days after the occurrence of an event or the attainment of a status that is required to be reported. With respect to updated information required to be submitted pursuant to SC 63-51-105(a)(5)(A), the department shall accept information updating a profile as it relates only to a physician licensed pursuant to chapter 6 or 9 of this title if the information is received within thirty (30) days of final payment in writing from either the provider or the provider's health care liability carrier and the carrier attests, in writing to the department, that it is the provider's health care liability carrier that has made the payment and that the carrier has confirmed in writing to the provider that the information has been reported to the department for purposes of updating the provider's profile.

(e) Failure by a provider to comply with these requirements to submit information and to update information constitutes a ground for disciplinary action under the respective practice act for that profession. For such failure to comply, the department or board may:

(1) Refuse to issue a license to any provider applying for initial licensure who fails to submit or update the required information;

(2) Refuse to renew a license to any provider who fails to submit or update the required information; and/or

(3) Process any licensed provider before the board who fails to submit and/or update the required information for formal disciplinary action, and may assess a penalty against the provider of up to fifty dollars ($50.00) for each day that the provider is not in compliance with this subsection (e).

History: Acts 1998, ch. 1073, SC 17; 2009, ch. 48, SC 1; 2012, ch. 798, SC 55.