SECTION 1. Chapter 13 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out sections 12A to 12C, inclusive, and inserting in place thereof the following sections:-
Section 12A. There shall be within the board of registration in medicine a board of registration in podiatry, to be appointed by the governor, in this and in the following two sections called the podiatry board, consisting of five members, citizens of the commonwealth, three of whom shall have had at least seven years of practice in podiatry in this commonwealth. The fourth member shall be a registered physician who shall have had at least seven years of practice in medicine in this commonwealth. The fifth member shall be a representative of the public, subject to the provisions of section nine B. No member of the board shall be connected in any way with a school of podiatry or be financially interested in any manufacturing, wholesale or retail business, pertaining to podiatry in any form whatsoever. As the term of a member expires, his successor shall be appointed by the governor, to serve for five years.
Section 12B. The podiatry board shall annually meet in the month of October at such time and place as it shall determine, and shall organize by electing a chairman and secretary, who shall be members of the podiatry board, and who shall hold their respective offices for one year. The podiatry board shall hold at least six additional meetings at such times and places as it shall determine or upon call of the chairman. Three members of the podiatry board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Section 12C. The members of the podiatry board shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses reasonably incurred in the performances of their duties as members or on behalf of the podiatry board.
SECTION 2. Said chapter 13 is further amended by inserting after section 12C the following section:-
Section 12D. The board of registration in medicine in consultation with the commissioner of public health may review and approve rules and regulations proposed by the podiatry board. Such regulations will be deemed approved unless disapproved within ninety days of submission to the medicine board provided, however, that any such disapproval shall be in writing setting forth the reasons for such disapproval.
SECTION 3. Chapter 112 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 17A and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 17A. The board shall keep a full record of its proceedings and a registry of all persons registered by it, which shall be public records and open to inspection. Subject to the provisions of section 12D of chapter 13, the board shall make such rules and regulations as may be necessary for the proper conduct of its duties. It shall make an annual report, including a statement of the condition of podiatry in the commonwealth.
The board shall investigate all complaints of the violation of any provision of sections thirteen to twenty-two, inclusive, or of section sixty-five relative to podiatry, and report the same to the proper prosecuting officers.
Said chapter 112 is further amended by inserting after section 17B the following Section:-
Section 17C. The board shall promulgate regulations jointly with the board of registration in medicine, and in consultation with the commissioner of public health, to ensure that podiatrists under the board of registration in podiatry are subject to requirements commensurate to those that physicians are subject to under the board of registration in medicine pursuant to section 5 and sections 5A to 5M, inclusive, as they apply to the creation and public dissemination of individual profiles and licensure restrictions, disciplinary actions and reports, claims or reports of malpractice, communication with professional organizations, physical and mental examinations, investigation of complaints and other aspects of professional conduct and discipline.
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