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49 Pa. Code § 25.215. Definitions.

§ 25.215. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

 Board-regulated practitioner—An osteopathic physician, perfusionist, physician assistant, genetic counselor, respiratory therapist, licensed athletic trainer, acupuncturist or an applicant for a license or certificate issued by the Board.

 Immediate family member—A parent or guardian, child, sibling, spouse or other family member, whether related by blood or marriage, with whom a patient resides.

 Sexual behavior—Any sexual conduct which is nondiagnostic and nontherapeutic; it may be verbal or physical and may include expressions of thoughts and feelings or gestures that are sexual in nature or that reasonably may be construed by a patient as sexual in nature.

 Sexual exploitation—Any sexual behavior that uses trust, knowledge, emotions or influence derived from the professional relationship.


   The provisions of this §  25.215 issued under sections 10.1(c), 15(a)(8) and (b)(9) and 16 of the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act (63 P.S. § §  271.10a(c), 271.15(a)(8) and (b)(9) and 271.16); amended under sections 10(f) and (h), 10.1(c), 10.2(f), 10.3, 13.3 and 16 of the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act (63 P.S. § §  271.10(f) and (h), 271.10a(c), 271.10b(f), 271.10c, 271.13c and 271.16).


   The provisions of this 25.215 adopted January 2, 2004, effective January 3, 2004, 34 Pa.B. 47; amended August 2, 2013, effective August 3, 2013, 43 Pa.B. 4336; amended January 31, 2014, effective February 1, 2014, 44 Pa.B. 589; amended March 11, 2016, effective March 12, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 1316. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (370253).

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