CHAPTER 372

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 670

AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 17, SUBCHAPTER VI, TITLE 24, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO THE REQUIREMENT THAT PHYSICIANS NOTIFY THEIR PATIENTS WHEN CLOSING THEIR BUSINESS OR LEAVING THE STATE.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (Two-thirds of all members elected to each House thereof concurring therein):

Section 1. Amend Chapter 17, Subchapter VI, Title 24, Delaware Code, by adding thereto a new Section to be designated as §1761 to read as follows:

"§1761. Notification of Patients by Physician when Discontinuing Business or Leaving the State

Every physician licensed to practice under the provisions of this Chapter who is discontinuing his business in this state or leaving the state and is not transferring his or her records to another physician shall notify Ms patients of record for the past 3 years by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the area where the physician practices at least 3 months in advance of closing his business. All patients of record who have not requested their records 30 days before the closing of the business shall be notified by first class mail by the physician to permit the patients to procure their records."

Approved July 17, 1984.