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Do You Know...Statutory Reporting and Other Regulatory Requirements for Physicians?

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Beth Delair, RN, BSN, JD (bio)

March 6 2007

34 minutes


The objectives of this presentation are to:
1. Educate physicians on current statutory reporting requirements

2. Discuss other regulatory requirements that impact physician practice

3. Provide resources to assist with reporting and compliance requirements

Post-Video Test Questionnaire - Statutory Reporting Please complete the above post-video test questionnaire in order to receive credit for the UWHC annual risk education requirement as part of reappointment to the UWHC Medical Staff. The document, which is in a PDF format, may be completed by: 1. Printing it, answering the questions and returning it to UWHC Risk Management Dept., mail code 8360 2. Sending the answers via e-mail to Sue Statz at Be sure to number each of your answers based on the number of the question and include the title of the video program you are requesting credit for. Follow up Information - After questions were raised at the education session, Beth DeLair looked further into the issue of whether there was any affirmative requirement to report patients with epilepsy. She confirmed by reviewing state statues, as well as talking directly with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation ("DOT"), that there is no mandatory requirement for reporting patients with epilepsy even if you know the patient is driving and is unsafe doing so. The decision whether to report a patient to the DOT as a medically impaired driver is voluntary and it is based on whether the physician believes the patient’s physical or mental condition would affect the patient’s ability to safely operate a vehicle. The DOT has specifically stated that the decision whether to report someone should be "based on individual signs, symptoms, behaviors, and the observations of others, rather than the type of condition or diagnosis." Seizure disorders and dementia are two of many types of conditions that the DOT lists as potentially causing impairment of safe driving. However, under Wisconsin common law, a physician could be held liable if someone was injured as a result of the dangerous driver and it can be shown that that the physician had actual knowledge that the patient drove and was a dangerous driver. My recommendation would be that you educate the patient and family about risks associated with driving and their condition. If the patient or family or friend tells you that the patient is driving despite these warnings and you still believe they could pose a danger to society if they continue driving, I would report the patient to the Department of Transportation. The DOT website has the contact information and necessary forms to complete at


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