Licensed Health Care Practitioner Law & Legal Definition


Licensed health care practitioner in the context of health care means an individual other than a physician who is licensed or otherwise authorized by the state to provide health care services. It also includes individuals who, without authority holds himself/herself out to be so licensed or authorized, any registered professional nurse, licensed social worker, or other individual who meets the requirements as may be prescribed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

In the case of a licensed health care practitioner who commits a wrong, the health care entity can take a professional review action that adversely affects the clinical privileges of a licensed health care practitioner. In such cases the health care entity shall report information’s such as the name of the licensed health care practitioner involved, a description of the acts or omissions or other reasons for the action, and such other information respecting the circumstances of the review action to the Board of Medical Examiners.