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Medical Boards Step Up Disciplinary Actions

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 18, 2012

High-profile cases
Dan Wood, spokesman for the California board, said some high-profile national cases, like the one involving physician Conrad Murray, implicated in the overdose death of entertainer Michael Jackson, "have made people more aware of what the board does."  Additionally, Wood says, "we've managed to reduce the amount of time it takes to process a disciplinary action to just under a year," when prior reports estimated investigation and processing times at two years or longer.

Other reasons may relate to closer relationships between drug enforcement agencies and pharmacies that track the number of times certain doctors prescribe potentially dangerous painkillers such as Oxycontin.

Enforcement activities rose across the spectrum of disciplinary actions, the federation report said.

For example, loss of license or privilege to practice went from 1,815 in 2010 to 1,905 in 2011; restriction of a license or licensed privilege actions rose from 1,296 in 2010 to 1,323 in 2011; other prejudicial actions rose from 1,687 in 2010 to 1,768 in 2011; non-prejudicial actions, such as penalties or reprimands, rose from 854 to 1,038.

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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.