Supreme Court ruling makes it harder for state to take disciplinary action against health care providers - 12/142006 Washington State Department of Health
---Supreme Court ruling makes it harder for state to take disciplinary action against health care providersOLYMPIA - A ruling by the Washington Supreme Court will make it more difficult for the state to discipline health care providers. The court has ruled that the burden of proof in all professional license disciplinary proceedings is "clear and convincing evidence", rather than a "preponderance of the evidence" The "clear and convincing" evidence standard makes it tougher to prove a case. It is a more difficult burden to meet. This higher standard of proof previously was applied to actions involving physicians, but not to other health professionals.