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§ 90‑1.1.  Definitions.

The following definitionsapply in this Article:

(1)        Board. – The NorthCarolina Medical Board.

(2)        Hearing officer. – Anycurrent or past member of the Board who is a physician, physician assistant, ornurse practitioner and has an active license or approval to practice medicalacts, tasks, or functions issued by the Board, or any current or retired judgeof the Office of Administrative Hearings, a State district court, a Statesuperior court, the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the North Carolina SupremeCourt, or of the federal judiciary who has an active license to practice law inNorth Carolina and who is a member in good standing of the North Carolina StateBar.

(3)        Integrativemedicine. – A diagnostic or therapeutic treatment that may not be considered aconventionally accepted medical treatment and that a licensed physician in thephysician's professional opinion believes may be of potential benefit to thepatient, so long as the treatment poses no greater risk of harm to the patientthan the comparable conventional treatments.

(4)        License. – Anauthorization issued by the Board to a physician or physician assistant topractice medical acts, tasks, or functions.

(4a)      Modality. – A methodof medical treatment.

(5)        The practice ofmedicine or surgery. – The practice of medicine or surgery, for purposes ofthis Article, includes any of the following acts:

a.         Advertising, holdingout to the public, or representing in any manner that the individual isauthorized to practice medicine in this State.

b.         Offering orundertaking to prescribe, order, give, or administer any drug or medicine forthe use of any other individual.

c.         Offering orundertaking to prevent or diagnose, correct, prescribe for, administer to, ortreat in any manner or by any means, methods, or devices any disease, illness,pain, wound, fracture, infirmity, defect, or abnormal physical or mentalcondition of any individual, including the management of pregnancy orparturition.

d.         Offering orundertaking to perform any surgical operation on any individual.

e.         Using thedesignation "Doctor," "Doctor of Medicine," "Doctor ofOsteopathy," "Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine,""Physician," "Surgeon," "Physician and Surgeon,""Dr.," "M.D.," "D.O.," or any combination thereofin the conduct of any occupation or profession pertaining to the prevention,diagnosis, or treatment of human disease or condition, unless the designationadditionally contains the description of or reference to another branch of thehealing arts for which the individual holds a valid license in this State orthe use of the designation "Doctor" or "Physician" isotherwise specifically permitted by law.

f.          The performance ofany act, within or without this State, described in this subdivision by use ofany electronic or other means, including the Internet or telephone.  (2007‑346, s. 1; 2009‑558,s. 1.1.)