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Medical Boards Step Up Disciplinary Actions

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 18, 2012

In fact, Wolfe says, 70% of the disciplinary actions "are merely reprimands and slaps on the wrist and in our view not serious. There was (usually) no revocation or (license) surrender. And when you look to see what the doctors actually did, it turns out it was pretty serious."

In an introduction to the FSMB report, however, the federation's president and CEO Humayun Chaudhry, DO, cautioned against using the new state-by-state disciplinary actions to compare states.

"Because states operate with different financial resources, levels of autonomy, legal constraints and staffing levels, the FSMB discourages using data from this report to compare or rank states," he wrote.

The reasons for the increase are unclear, says Lisa Robin, the federation's chief advocacy officer. However she offered some possibilities.

Better training
In the last two or three years, many states have adopted a new certification program to better train and accredit their investigators to prepare better cases that help the boards and their attorneys make solid cases.

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3 comments on "Medical Boards Step Up Disciplinary Actions"


T. Regan (5/25/2012 at 1:26 AM)
When did we become the enemy? Keep it up with more regulation and bullying, and the "citizens advocacy group" can start compounding their own tinctures and simples and herbs when the cookbook care of mid-levels who don the white coat clock out and head home for the day.

fammed (5/22/2012 at 4:18 PM)
where is the report that how insurance companies underpay for medical services. 1) people are willing to pay for treatments for their dog more then themselves. make any sense 2) EMR is NOT improving healthcare it IS reducing physician productivity and eye strain 3) E prescribing is NOT going to improve anything but give the govt a better chance to monitor you. 4) medicaid is a insurance that UNDERPAYS doctors for care. can you pay 30 cents on a dollar per gallon price. well medicaid can.

Steve Johnson (5/21/2012 at 12:38 PM)
"'There's really no difference in the quality of doctors from state to state,' he says." Year after year, Dr. Wolfe makes this remark. It seems quite unlikely to in fact be true but he is never challenged on this by the media. In fact, it seems likely that there will be a tendency for physicians to want to practice in more desirable states and for physicians who are less employable to have to move to less desirable states.