2015 Kentucky Revised Statutes
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Reports of violations -- Enforcement powers of agents of board -Injunctions.
The county boards of health shall report to the board and to the county and
Commonwealth's attorneys of their respective counties all violations of KRS
311.550 to 311.620 and shall assist in the enforcement thereof.
(a) For the purpose of enforcing the provisions of KRS 311.550 to 311.620,
agents of the board shall have the power and authority:
To administer oaths;
To enter upon professional premises during periods when those premises
are otherwise open to patients or the public;
To obtain evidence, including but not limited to psychiatric or
nonpsychiatric records, by consent or pursuant to a subpoena or search
To interview all persons; and
To require the production of books, papers, documents, or other
evidence, either by consent or pursuant to a subpoena or search warrant.
(b) The term "premises" as used in this subsection shall mean physician offices,
or a physician's primary place of practice, and all pharmacies and health care
facilities licensed or regulated by the Commonwealth. Agents of the board
may only require pharmacies to produce prescription records and health care
facilities to produce records of patients or physician peer reviews. Such
inspection or seizure of peer review records shall not affect the confidential
nature of those records as provided in KRS 311.377, and the board shall
maintain such peer review records so as to protect the confidentiality thereof.
The board may institute, in its own name, proceedings to temporarily or
permanently restrain and enjoin the practice of medicine by:
(a) An individual who is not licensed to practice medicine or who is not involved
in conduct specifically exempted from the requirements of this chapter by
KRS 311.550(11); or
(b) An individual who was previously licensed by the board to practice medicine
but is currently practicing medicine in violation of an emergency order of
restriction or suspension, regardless of whether the respondent has been
convicted for violation of the penal provisions thereof.
A petition for injunction filed under subsection (3) of this section may be filed in
Jefferson Circuit Court, in the county of residence of the respondent, or in the
county in which the acts are alleged to have been committed, and the board shall not
be required to pay any costs or filing fees or furnish any bond in connection
(a) In the petition it shall be sufficient to charge that the respondent on a day
certain in a named county engaged in the practice of medicine in violation of
subsection (3)(a) or (b) of this section. No showing of damage or injury shall
Issuance of an injunction shall enjoin any act specified under subsection (3)(a)
or (b) of this section and shall remain in place as long as necessary to prevent
the unlawful practice of medicine.
Issuance of an injunction shall not relieve the respondent from being subject
to any other proceeding under law provided by this chapter or otherwise.
Violation of injunctions and restraining orders shall be punished as a contempt
without the intervention of a jury.
Effective: July 12, 2006
History: Amended 2006 Ky. Acts ch. 175, sec. 5, effective July 12, 2006. -- Amended
2002 Ky. Acts ch. 130, sec. 19, effective July 15, 2002. -- Amended 1994 Ky. Acts
ch. 190, sec. 12, effective July 15, 1994. -- Amended 1988 Ky. Acts ch. 224, sec. 23,
effective July 15, 1988. -- Amended 1986 Ky. Acts ch. 302, sec. 12, effective July
15, 1986. -- Amended 1972 Ky. Acts ch. 218, sec. 15. -- Created 1952 Ky. Acts ch.
150, sec. 13, effective June 19, 1952.
CHAPTER 311 - PHYSICIANS, OSTEOPATHS, PODIATRISTS, AND RELATED MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS
311.605 Reports of violations -- Enforcement powers of agents of board -- Injunctions.
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