DOH Reminds Physicians and Employees of Photo Identification Law

Last Updated: May 28, 2015

The 2011 Photo Identification law went into effect on June 1, 2015.

This law is applicable to employees and physicians working in private practices, health care facilities licensed by DOH, and employment agencies.

Physicians and Employees in Private Medical Practices and Employment Agencies
Physicians and employees in private physician practices outside of health care facilities or employment agencies, have been required to wear photo identification badges since the passage of the 2011 law.

In 2011, these individuals were only required to wear photo identification badges that met the following requirements:  a recent photograph of the employee, the employee’s name and title, and the name of the health care facility or employment agency.

As of June 1, 2015, these individuals are required to wear badges that meet the aforementioned requirements and include the following titles, printed as large as possible in block type on a one-half inch tall strip as close as possible to the bottom edge of the badge:

  • Medical and Osteopathic Doctors must use the title “Physician.”
  • Registered Nurses must use the title “Registered Nurse.”
  • Licensed Practical Nurses must use the title “Licensed Practical Nurse.” 

Even though the law related to the titles and their precise placement on the badge did not go into effect until June 2015, many of those affected by the law (particularly physicians and employees in private physician practices) have been in compliance with all components of the law since it was passed in 2011.

Employees and Physicians Working at Health Care Facilities Licensed by DOH
Photo identification requirements for employees and physicians working at health care facilities (e.g., hospitals and ambulatory surgical facilities) were in existence under DOH regulation prior to the passage of the 2011 law.

However, as of June 2015, these entities will follow the same requirements applicable to employees and physicians working in private practices (see the description in the section above). Physicians and employees of physician practices owned by hospitals also now must comply with the law.

DOH Regulations
The Department of Health anticipated the release of proposed regulations in 2015; however, that did not happen.  PAMED will continue to track the development and release of this regulation.

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