Whiteford bill sets standards for invasive medical treatments

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Plan is part of House bill package in response to Larry Nassar scandal

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, has introduced legislation to set standards for sensitive medical procedures while expanding record retention requirements for such examinations in order to protect patients.

The bill is part of a 17-bill reform plan developed following the House’s inquiry into the recent Larry Nassar scandal.

“There are expectations when it comes to doctors and nurses performing particularly sensitive procedures and working with our children. Larry Nassar violated that, and this solution will set clear standards for these specific and invasive treatments,” Whiteford said. “A child’s safety is foremost on every parent’s mind and this will help ensure that.”

Her plan will:

  • Require the state Board of Medicine and Board of Osteopathic Medicine to issue publicly available guidance materials to health care professionals on intravaginal medical treatments;
  • Require any medical treatment consisting of vaginal or anal penetration to be referenced on the patient’s medical record;
  • Require the preservation of a patient’s medical record that includes vaginal or anal penetration treatment for 15 years; and
  • Require healthcare facilities to preserve a patient’s medical record for 15 years if the patient files a sexual misconduct complaint against an employee of that facility.

House Bill 5783 has been assigned to the House Law and Justice Committee.