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FL Hospitals Say 'Yes' to Unlicensed Doc as CMO



Should a hospital's top-ranking doc maintain a license to practice medicine? One hospital system with facilities in Florida says it is often "inadvisable" for a practicing physician to be a CMO.



4 comments on "FL Hospitals Say 'Yes' to Unlicensed Doc as CMO"
Anonymous (10/21/2013 at 6:50 AM)

Comments to previous articles regarding this topic suggest that CMO's do make decisions that indirectly and sometimes directly do involve medical care and hence should require licensure. Examples include authorization(s) of exploratory surgeries to investigate malpractice claims especially in indigency situations, input to policies regarding levels of care, in general but also particularly in indigency cases and more which can be found in other articles. Perhaps state legislature(s) should cure this anomaly by requiring licensure for CMO's.
anonymous (9/27/2013 at 8:26 AM)

I am a Medical Staff Coordinator and I believe if his job function is to "to continually strengthen the relationships between physicians, clinicians and non-clinicians," the he should be a "Physician Liaison or a Director of some sort". How can you lead a Medical Staff if you are not abreast of the continual changes in Healthcare (CME). I'd love to follow these to hospitals and see they evolve with an unlicensed Doc as a CMO.
Gainer Pillsbury, MD (9/19/2013 at 4:49 PM)

I have been a CMO for 15 years and began with a part time practice. I think this increased my credibility with the medical staff in the beginning. I retired from practice 10 years ago when I could see that time commitments might conflict, but have kept my medical license current. I think retainig a licesnse is important in maintaining confidence of the medical staff who are occasionally tempted to state "You aren't really a doctor anymore and are out of touch"
Robert Modugno MD MBA FACOG (9/19/2013 at 3:13 PM)

With the way the climate is nowadays, where job security is nil, it's great to have a plan B in place. He will have a heck of a time re-licensing if he needs to!