4755-21-03 Denial and disciplinary action procedures.

(A) Denial of an application for licensure or examination or any proposed action against a license shall be in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

(1) Pursuant to section 119.07 of the Revised Code, a request for an administrative hearing on the proposed action shall be received by the physical therapy section within thirty days of the mailing of the notice of opportunity for a hearing.

(2) If a request for an administrative hearing is not received by the physical therapy section within thirty days of the mailing of the notice of opportunity for a hearing, the section, upon consideration of the charges cited, may take appropriate action in the absence of the applicant or licensee.

(3) Pursuant to section 4755.031 of the Revised Code, a person sanctioned under section 4755.47 or 4755.482 of the Revised Code shall pay a fee in the amount of the actual cost of the administrative hearing, including the cost of the court reporter, the hearing officer, transcripts, and any witness fees for lodging and travel.

(B) The physical therapy section may deny, limit, suspend, or revoke the license of any person or reprimand, fine, or place a license holder on probation for violation of any provision of sections 4755.40 to 4755.56 of the Revised Code or any lawful order or rule of the section.

(C) If the physical or mental condition of a license holder is at issue in a disciplinary proceeding, the physical therapy section may order the license holder to submit to reasonable examinations by a health care practitioner designated or approved by the section.

(D) In accordance with division (E) of section 4755.47 of the Revised Code, if the physical therapy section determines that a license holder poses an immediate threat to the public, the section shall immediately suspend the license of the physical therapist or physical therapist assistant prior to holding a hearing in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. The section shall notify the licensee of the suspension in accordance with section 119.07 of the Revised Code. If the licensee fails to make a timely request for an adjudication under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, the section shall enter a final order permanently revoking the individual's license.

(E) The hearings and investigations related to sections 4755.40 to 4755.56 of the Revised Code shall be considered civil actions for the purposes of section 3123.43 of the Revised Code. Notwithstanding section 121.22 of the Revised Code, proceedings of the physical therapy section relative to the investigation of a complaint or the determination whether there are reasonable grounds to believe that a violation of Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code occurred are confidential and are not subject to discovery in any civil action.

(F) If requested by the physical therapy section, the prosecuting attorney of a county, the village solicitor, or the city director of law of a municipal corporation, whenever a violation of Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code allegedly occurs, shall take charge of and conduct the prosecution.

(G) In addition to any other remedy provided in Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code, the physical therapy section may request the attorney general or an appropriate prosecuting attorney to apply to an appropriate court for an order enjoining the violation of Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code. On a showing that a person has violated or is about to violate Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code, the court shall grant an injunction, restraining order, or other order as appropriate. The injunction proceedings are in addition to all penalties and other remedies provided in Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code.

Replaces: Former 4755-21-03

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/29/2012 and 03/29/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4755.411
Rule Amplifies: 4755.47 , 4755.48 , 4755.482
Prior Effective Dates: 5/26/78, 9/1/82, 7/15/95, 3/20/98, 5/25/03, 5/1/05, 3/20/08