California Regulations 61 135

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§ Hearing Procedure

(a) Where the Medical Director determines that there is a prima facie evidence of any violation of Section 60, he or she shall make and submit a prima facie case of the violation to a committee within the Council assigned to review disciplinary matters.

(b) If the Committee sustains the Medical Director's prima facie case, the QME shall be notified in writing of the determination and shall also be notified of his or her right to a hearing in accordance with Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 11370) and Capter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) and Part 1 of Division 3 of the Government Code.

(1) The committee may, notwithstanding Government Code Section 11502, assign a hearing to a hearing officer designated by the Medical Director who shall act as an Administrative Law Judge for the purposes of Government Code Sections 11370 et. seq., or may delegate in whole or in part to an administrative law judge the authority to conduct a hearing and decide the case. In the event of a hearing, the hearing officer for Administrative Law Judge shall fix the time and place of the hearing and notify interested parties in writing no fewer than ten days in advance of the hearing and in accordance with Code Of Civil Procedure Sections 1013 (a) and 2015.5 specifying the time and place of the hearing. (2) If an Administrative Law Judge conducts a hearing, the Administrative Law Judge selected to preside over the hearing shall hear the case alone, and exercise all powers related to the conduct of the hearing. (3) Upon a decision being made regarding the prima facie case, the Administrative Law Judge or hearing officer shall file a written statement of findings and decisions with the full Council. The decision made pursuant to this action shall include specific findings in accordance with Section 60 (b), and Section 65 of these Regulations shall recommend, but defer to the Council the final decision, with respect to sanctions. The Council shall, at the next scheduled Council meeting, accept, alter, or not adopt the proposed decision. (4) The Council's decision on which sanction(s) to impose on a QME, pursuant to Labor Code Section 139.2 (k) or any other statute giving the Council disciplinary authority, shall be in accordance with the IMC Sanction Guidelines under Section 65 of this Title. (5) In accordance with Government Code Section 11517 (c), if the proposed decision is not adopted by the Council, the Council shall determine in accordance with Labor Code Section 139 (g) whether or not to decide the case as a body, based on the record and transcript, and/or whether or not to take at the show evidence or to refer the case back to the Administrative Law Judge to take additional evidence on any issue or issues requested by the Council. (6) Within 30 days of the date the written decision is served upon the QME, the QME may file a petition for reconsideration with the Council. The petition shall be governed by Government Code Section 11521 and shall set forth any legal or factual basis as to why the decision should not be confirmed. The Council Chairperson(s) shall appoint a three member panel, (excluding members of the committee) to review the physician's petition.

(c) Judicial Review of the Council's decision may be had by the filing of a petition for writ ofmandate pursuant to Government Code Section 11523 no later than 30 days after the last day onwhich the Council can order reconsideration in accordance with subdivision (f) of this Section.

History: Repealer and new section effective 5/14/00.