Part 1 Board of Medical Examiners 63-6-101 – 63-6-105
Part 2 General Provisions 63-6-201 – 63-6-246
Part 3 Phil Timp–amanda Wilcox Right to Try Act 63-6-301 – 63-6-309
Part 4 Interstate Medical Licensure Compact 63-6-401 – 63-6-402
Part 5 Physicians’ Conflict of Interest Disclosure Act of 1991 63-6-501 – 63-6-503
Part 6 Health Care Referrals 63-6-601 – 63-6-608
Part 7 Volunteer Health Care Services Act 63-6-701 – 63-6-712
Part 8 Genetic Counselors’ Licensing Act 63-6-801 – 63-6-808
Part 9 Radiologic Imaging and Radiation Therapy 63-6-901 – 63-6-902
Part 10 Acupuncture 63-6-1001 – 63-6-1010
Part 12 Cytopathology Services 63-6-1201 – 63-6-1207

Terms Used In Tennessee Code > Title 63 > Chapter 6 - Medicine and Surgery

  • ABGC: means the American Board of Genetic Counseling. See Tennessee Code 63-6-802
  • ABMG: means the American Board of Medical Genetics. See Tennessee Code 63-6-802
  • ACAOM: means the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. See Tennessee Code 63-6-1001
  • Act of terrorism: means an act or acts constituting a violation of this part, any other offense under the laws of Tennessee, or an act or acts constituting an offense in any other jurisdiction within or outside the territorial boundaries of the United States that contains all of the elements constituting a violation of this part or is otherwise an offense under the laws of such jurisdiction, that is intended, directly or indirectly, to:

    1. Intimidate or coerce a civilian population. See Tennessee Code 39-13-803
    2. Acupuncture: means a form of health care developed from traditional and modern oriental medical concepts that employs oriental medical diagnosis and treatment and adjunctive therapies and diagnostic techniques for the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health and the prevention of disease. See Tennessee Code 63-6-1001
    3. ADS: means an acupuncture detoxification specialist trained in, and who performs only, the five-point auricular detoxification treatment. See Tennessee Code 63-6-1001
    4. Advanced illness: means a progressive disease or medical or surgical condition that entails significant functional impairment, that is not considered by a treating physician to be reversible even with administration of current federal drug administration approved and available treatments, and that, without life-sustaining procedures, will soon result in death. See Tennessee Code 63-6-302
    5. Adverse event: means any untoward medical occurrence associated with the use of an investigational drug, biological product, or device in humans, regardless if drug-related. See Tennessee Code 63-6-302
    6. Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
    7. Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
    8. Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
    9. Appraisal: A determination of property value.
    10. Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
    11. Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
    12. Attorney-in-fact: A person who, acting as an agent, is given written authorization by another person to transact business for him (her) out of court.
    13. Board: means the board of medical examiners, created by §. See Tennessee Code 63-6-802
    14. Board: means the Tennessee board of medical examiners. See Tennessee Code 63-6-1001
    15. Board: means the sex offender treatment board created in §. See Tennessee Code 39-13-703
    16. Chemical warfare agents: include , but are not limited to, the following agents, or any analog of these agents, intended for use in war or other attack to cause disease or death in humans, animals, or plants:

      1. Nerve agents, including, but not limited to:
        1. Ethyl NN- dimethylphosphoramidocyanidate (Tabun, or GA). See Tennessee Code 39-13-803
        2. Code: includes the Tennessee Code and all amendments and revisions to the code and all additions and supplements to the code. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
        3. Coercion: means a threat, however communicated, to:

          1. Commit any offense. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
          2. Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
          3. Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
          4. Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
          5. Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
          6. Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
          7. Cytopathology services: means the examination of cells from fluids, aspirates, washings, brushings or smears, including the Pap test examination performed by a physician or under the supervision of a physician. See Tennessee Code 63-6-1201
          8. Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
          9. Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
          10. Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 63-6-802
          11. Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
          12. Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
          13. Designated entity: means any entity designated by the United States department of state as a foreign terrorist organization in accordance with §. See Tennessee Code 39-13-803
          14. Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
          15. Division: means the division of health related boards within the department. See Tennessee Code 63-6-802
          16. Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
          17. Eligible patient: means an individual who meets all of the following conditions:

            1. Has an advanced illness, attested to by the patient's treating physician and confirmed by a second physician. See Tennessee Code 63-6-302
            2. Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
            3. Fair market value: The price at which an asset would change hands in a transaction between a willing, informed buyer and a willing, informed seller.
            4. Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
            5. Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
            6. Free clinic: means a not for profit, out-patient, nonhospital facility in which a health care provider engages in the voluntary provision of health care services to patients without charge to the recipient of the services or to a third party. See Tennessee Code 63-6-703
            7. Genetic counselor: means a person licensed under this part to engage in the practice of genetic counseling. See Tennessee Code 63-6-802
            8. Government: means the state or any political subdivision of the state, and includes any branch or agency of the state, a county, municipality or other political subdivision. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
            9. Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
            10. Harm: means anything reasonably regarded as loss, disadvantage or injury, including harm to another person in whose welfare the person affected is interested. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
            11. health care entity: means and includes a health care facility and an agency, company or health care professional, other than the referring physician, providing health care services. See Tennessee Code 63-6-601
            12. Health care facility: means and includes any real property or equipment of a health care institution as that term is defined in §. See Tennessee Code 63-6-601
            13. Health care provider: means any physician, surgeon, dentist, nurse, optometrist or other practitioner of a health care discipline, the professional practice of which requires licensure or certification under this title or under a comparable provision of law of another state, territory, district or possession of the United States. See Tennessee Code 63-6-703
            14. Intentional: means that a person acts intentionally with respect to the nature of the conduct or to a result of the conduct when it is the person's conscious objective or desire to engage in the conduct or cause the result. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
            15. Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
            16. Lawsuit: A legal action started by a plaintiff against a defendant based on a complaint that the defendant failed to perform a legal duty, resulting in harm to the plaintiff.
            17. Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
            18. Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
            19. Licensed health care provider: means any health care provider holding a current license or certificate issued under:

              1. This title. See Tennessee Code 63-6-703
              2. Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
              3. Minor: means any person who has not attained eighteen (18) years of age. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
              4. Month: means a calendar month. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
              5. Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
              6. NADA: means the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. See Tennessee Code 63-6-1001
              7. NCCAOM: means the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. See Tennessee Code 63-6-1001
              8. Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
              9. Onsite medical clinic: means a medical clinic located on the premises of the patient's employer for which cytopathology services are provided and for which a patient has no financial obligation to pay for the cytopathology services. See Tennessee Code 63-6-1201
              10. Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
              11. Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
              12. Person: includes a corporation, firm, company or association. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
              13. Person: includes the singular and the plural and means and includes any individual, firm, partnership, copartnership, association, corporation, governmental subdivision or agency, or other organization or other legal entity, or any agent or servant thereof. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
              14. Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
              15. Practice of acupuncture: means the insertion of acupuncture needles and the application of moxibustion to specific areas of the human body based on oriental medical diagnosis as a primary mode of therapy. See Tennessee Code 63-6-1001
              16. Practice of genetic counseling: means the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease performed pursuant to a referral. See Tennessee Code 63-6-802
              17. Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
              18. Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
              19. Property: includes both personal and real property. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
              20. Property: means anything of value, including, but not limited to, money, real estate, tangible or intangible personal property, including anything severed from land, library material, contract rights, choses-in-action, interests in or claims to wealth, credit, admission or transportation tickets, captured or domestic animals, food and drink, electric or other power. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
              21. Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
              22. Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
              23. Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in a perceivable form. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
              24. Referral: means a written or telecommunicated authorization for genetic counseling services from a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or an advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant who has an agreement and signed protocols with a supervising physician that authorizes referrals to a genetic counselor. See Tennessee Code 63-6-802
              25. Regularly practice: means to practice for more than sixty (60) days within any ninety-day period. See Tennessee Code 63-6-703
              26. Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
              27. Remand: When an appellate court sends a case back to a lower court for further proceedings.
              28. Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
              29. Representative: when applied to those who represent a decedent, includes executors and administrators, unless the context implies heirs and distributees. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
              30. Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
              31. Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
              32. Services: includes labor, skill, professional service, transportation, telephone, mail, gas, electricity, steam, water, cable television, entertainment subscription service or other public services, accommodations in hotels, restaurants or elsewhere, admissions to exhibitions, use of vehicles or other movable property, and any other activity or product considered in the ordinary course of business to be a service, regardless of whether it is listed in this subdivision (a)(37) or a specific statute exists covering the same or similar conduct. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
              33. Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
              34. Sex offender: means any person who is convicted in this state, on or after January 1, 1996, of any sex offense, or if such person has been convicted in another state of an offense that would constitute a sex offense in this state, and who is subject to parole or probation supervision by the department of correction pursuant to an interstate compact. See Tennessee Code 39-13-703
              35. Sex offense: means any felony or misdemeanor offense described as follows:

                1. The commission of any act that, on or after January 1, 1996, constitutes the criminal offense of:
                  1. Rape of a child, as defined in §. See Tennessee Code 39-13-703
                  2. signed: includes a mark, the name being written near the mark and witnessed, or any other symbol or methodology executed or adopted by a party with intention to authenticate a writing or record, regardless of being witnessed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                  3. Sponsoring organization: means any organization that organizes or arranges for the voluntary provision of health care services and that registers with the department of health as a sponsoring organization in accordance with §. See Tennessee Code 63-6-703
                  4. State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                  5. Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
                  6. Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
                  7. Supervision: means the ongoing, direct clinical review for the purposes of training or teaching by an approved supervisor who monitors the performance or a person's supervised interaction with a client and provides regular documented face-to-face consultation, guidance and instructions with respect to the clinical skills and competencies of the person supervised. See Tennessee Code 63-6-802
                  8. Testify: Answer questions in court.
                  9. Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
                  10. Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
                  11. Training: means instruction or teaching designed to impart a specific skill, as opposed to general knowledge. See Tennessee Code 39-13-803
                  12. Treatment: means therapy and supervision of any sex offender that conforms to the standards created by the board pursuant to §. See Tennessee Code 39-13-703
                  13. Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
                  14. United States: includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                  15. Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
                  16. Voir dire: The process by which judges and lawyers select a petit jury from among those eligible to serve, by questioning them to determine knowledge of the facts of the case and a willingness to decide the case only on the evidence presented in court. "Voir dire" is a phrase meaning "to speak the truth."
                  17. Voluntary provision of health care services: means the providing of professional health care services by the health care provider either without charge to the recipient of the services or to a third party, or recipients are charged on a sliding scale according to income. See Tennessee Code 63-6-703
                  18. Weapon of mass destruction: includes chemical warfare agents, biological or biologic warfare agents, weaponized agents, weaponized biological or biologic warfare agents, nuclear agents, radiological agents, or the intentional release of industrial agents as a weapon. See Tennessee Code 39-13-803
                  19. Weaponized biological or biologic warfare agents: include , but are not limited to, weaponized pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses, rickettsia, yeasts, fungi, or genetically engineered pathogens, toxins, vectors, and endogenous biological regulators (EBRs). See Tennessee Code 39-13-803
                  20. written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                  21. Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105