Last year the legislature passed a bill that stated the Board of Healing Arts could not condition a physicians licensure renewal on their board certification maintenance standing. This year, Representative Doc Frederick introduced House bill 529 that goes one step further. It precludes a hospital and other employers from making as a condition of such employment or privileges a physicians maintenance of board certification. This received strong pushback and now the bill will simply state that no state law can require a hospital to require maintenance of board certification to remain in good standing with the hospital or other employer. We believe this leaves the law essentially where it is today, allowing hospitals and employers to set their own requirements. This bill was heard last week.