New York proposes new disciplinary rules for physician misconduct

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed new disciplinary laws for state physicians and medical professionals, according to The Leader.

The proposal, a part of Mr. Cuomo's 2020 State of the State agenda, would eliminate lifetime licenses issued to physicians and replace them with a regular renewal process.

"The first responsibility of any medical professional is do no harm and when someone violates that oath they must be held appropriately accountable," Mr. Cuomo said in a statement cited by The Leader.

The governor's plan would let the state health commissioner confirm investigations about medical workers, which is currently illegal. Based on a public-risk assessment, the health commissioner could also suspend a physician's license at the start of an investigation.  

The legislation would also make new details about physicians' practices public.

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