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Article 37.

Health Care Practitioner Identification.

§ 90‑640.  Identification badges required.

(a)        For purposes of this section, "health carepractitioner" means an individual who is licensed, certified, orregistered to engage in the practice of medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy,or any related occupation involving the direct provision of health care topatients.

(b)        When providing health care to a patient, a health carepractitioner shall wear a badge or other form of identification displaying inreadily visible type the individual's name and the license, certification, orregistration held by the practitioner. If the identity of the individual'slicense, certification, or registration is commonly expressed by anabbreviation rather than by full title, that abbreviation may be used on thebadge or other identification.

(c)        The badge or other form of identification is not required tobe worn if the patient is being seen in the health care practitioner's officeand, the name and license of the practitioner can be readily determined by thepatient from a posted license, a sign in the office, a brochure provided topatients, or otherwise.

(d)        Each licensing board or other regulatory authority forhealth care practitioners may adopt rules for exemptions from wearing a badgeor other form of identification, or for allowing use of the practitioner'sfirst name only, when necessary for the health care practitioner's safety orfor therapeutic concerns.

(e)        Violation of this section is a ground for disciplinary actionagainst the health care practitioner by the practitioner's licensing board orother regulatory authority. (1999‑320, s. 1.)