A. Subject to the hearing provisions of Health Occupations Article, §14-405, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Board, on the affirmative vote of a majority of a quorum, may deny a license to any applicant, reprimand any licensee, place any licensee on probation, or suspend or revoke a license if the applicant or licensee:
(1) Fraudulently or deceptively obtains or attempts to obtain a license for the applicant, licensee, or for another;
(2) Fraudulently or deceptively uses a license;
(3) Is guilty of unprofessional or immoral conduct in the practice of respiratory care;
(4) Is professionally, physically, or mentally incompetent;
(5) Abandons a patient;
(6) Is habitually intoxicated;
(7) Is addicted to or habitually abuses any narcotic or controlled dangerous substance as defined in Criminal Law Article, §5-101, Annotated Code of Maryland;
(8) Provides professional services while:
(a) Under the influence of alcohol; or
(b) Using any narcotic or controlled dangerous substance as defined in Criminal Law Article, §5-101, Annotated Code of Maryland, or any other drug that is in excess of therapeutic amounts or without valid medical indication;
(9) Promotes the sale of services, drugs, devices, appliances, or goods to a patient so as to exploit the patient for financial gain;
(10) Willfully makes or files a false report or record in the practice of respiratory care;
(11) Willfully fails to file or record any report as required under law, willfully impedes or obstructs the filing or recording of a report, or induces another to fail to file or record a report;
(12) Breaches patient confidentiality;
(13) Pays or agrees to pay any sum or provide any form of remuneration or material benefit to any person for bringing or referring a patient or accepts or agrees to accept any sum or any form of remuneration or material benefit from an individual for bringing or referring a patient;
(14) Knowingly makes a misrepresentation while practicing respiratory care;
(15) Knowingly practices respiratory care with an unauthorized individual or aids an unauthorized individual in the practice of respiratory care;
(16) Offers, undertakes, or agrees to cure or treat disease by a secret method, treatment, or medicine;
(17) Is disciplined by a licensing or disciplinary authority, is convicted or disciplined by a court of any state or country, or is disciplined by any branch of the United States uniformed services or the Veterans' Administration for an act that would be grounds for disciplinary action under the Board's disciplinary statutes;
(18) Fails to meet appropriate standards for the delivery of respiratory care performed in any:
(a) Inpatient or outpatient facility;
(c) Hospital or related institution;
(d) Domiciliary care facility;
(e) Patient's home; or
(f) Other location in this State;
(19) Knowingly submits false statements to collect fees for which services are not provided;
(20) Has been subject to investigation or disciplinary action by a licensing or disciplinary authority or by a court of any state or country for an act that would be grounds for disciplinary action under the Board's disciplinary statutes and the licensed individual:
(a) Surrendered the license issued by the state or country; or
(b) Allowed the license issued by the state or country to expire or lapse;
(21) Knowingly fails to report suspected child abuse in violation of Family Law Article, §5-704, Annotated Code of Maryland;
(22) Sells, prescribes, gives away, or administers drugs for illegal or illegitimate medical purposes;
(23) Practices or attempts to practice beyond the authorized scope of practice;
(24) Refuses, withholds from, denies, or discriminates against an individual with regard to the provision of professional services for which the licensee is licensed and qualified to render because the individual is HIV positive;
(25) Practices or attempts to practice a respiratory care procedure or uses or attempts to use respiratory care equipment if the applicant or licensee has not received education and training in the performance of the procedure or the use of the equipment;
(26) Fails to cooperate with a lawful investigation conducted by the Board; or
(27) Fails to practice under the supervision of a physician or violates a supervisory order of a supervising physician.
B. Hearing. Except as otherwise provided in the Administrative Procedure Act, before the Board takes any action under §A of this regulation, the Board shall give the individual against whom the action is contemplated an opportunity for a hearing before the Board in accordance with the hearing requirements of Health Occupations Article, §14-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.
C. Crime Involving Moral Turpitude.
(1) On the filing of certified docket entries with the Board by the Office of the Attorney General, the Board shall order the suspension of a license if the licensee is convicted of or pleads guilty or nolo contendere with respect to a crime involving moral turpitude, whether or not any appeal or other proceeding is pending to have the conviction or plea set aside.
(2) After completion of the appellate process if the conviction has not been reversed or the plea has not been set aside with respect to a crime involving moral turpitude, the Board shall order the revocation of a license on the certification by the Office of the Attorney General.
(3) Proceedings for crimes of moral turpitude, under Health Occupations Article, §14-5A-17(c), Annotated Code of Maryland, shall comply with COMAR 10.32.02.04.