10.32.20.17

.17 Required Reports.

A. Except as provided in §B, C, or F of this regulation, hospitals, related institutions, alternative health systems as defined in Health Occupations Article, §1-401, Annotated Code of Maryland, and employers shall file with the Board a report that the hospital, related institution, alternative health system, or employer limited, reduced, otherwise changed, or terminated any licensed perfusionist for any reason that might be grounds for disciplinary action under Health Occupations Article, §14-5E-16, Annotated Code of Maryland, or any regulation in this chapter.

B. If the action taken by a hospital, related institution, alternative health system, or employer under §A of this regulation relates to alcohol or drug impairment, the hospital, related institution, alternative health system or employer is not required to report the perfusionist to the Board if:

(1) The hospital, related institution, alternative health system, or employer knows that the licensed perfusionist is:

(a) In an alcohol or drug treatment program that is:

(i) Accredited by The Joint Commission or its successor; or

(ii) Certified by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; or

(b) Under the care of a health care practitioner who is competent and capable of dealing with alcoholism and drug abuse;

(2) The perfusionist takes appropriate steps to permit the hospital, related institution, alternative health system, or employer to verify that the licensed perfusionist remains in the treatment program and is compliant with the requirements of that program until discharge; and

(3) The action of condition of the licensed perfusionist has not caused injury to an individual while the perfusionist is practicing as a licensed perfusionist.

C. If a licensed perfusionist enters or is considering entering an alcohol or drug treatment program that is accredited by The Joint Commission or its successor that is certified by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the licensed perfusionist shall notify the hospital, related institution, alternative health system, or employer of the licensed perfusionistís decision to enter the treatment program.

D. If the licensed perfusionist fails to provide the notice required under §C of this regulation, and the hospital, related institution, alternative health system, or employer learns that the licensed perfusionist has entered a treatment program, the hospital related institution, alternative health system, or employer shall report to the Board that the licensed perfusionist has:

(1) Entered a treatment program; and

(2) Failed to provide the required notice.

E. If the perfusionist has failed to take appropriate steps or has failed to remain compliant under §B(2) of this regulation or has failed to provide the required notice under §C of this regulation, the perfusionist may not use his or her participation in the treatment program as a mitigating circumstance in any disciplinary action.

F. Noncompliance.

(1) If the licensed perfusionist is found to be noncompliant with the treatment programís policies and procedures while in the treatment program, the treatment program shall notify the hospital, related institution, alternative health system, or employer of the licensed perfusionistís noncompliance.

(2) On receipt of the notification required under §C of this regulation, the hospital, related institution, alternative health system, or employer of the licensed perfusionist shall report the licensed perfusionistís noncompliance to the Board.

G. A person as defined in Health Occupations Article, §14-101(h), Annotated Code of Maryland, is not required under this regulation to make any report that would be in violation of any federal or state law, rule, or regulation concerning the confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records.

H. The hospital, related institution, alternative health system, or employer shall submit a required report within 10 days of any action described in this regulation.

I. A report made under this regulation is not subject to subpoena or discovery in a civil action other than a proceeding arising out of a hearing and decision of the Board under Health Occupations Article, Title 14, Annotated Code of Maryland.