- November 25th 2011
Disciplinary actions against physicians by state medical and osteopathic boards fell slightly in 2010 to 5,652 from 5,721 in 2009, according to an annual report from the Federation of State Medical Boards
Many factors may have contributed to the 1.2% decline, such as state budget cuts, limited staffing and new state laws that require boards to regulate other health professionals, decreasing their capacity to respond to complaints, said FSMB President and CEO Humayun J. Chaudhry, DO.
In some cases, a drop in board actions could signal positive changes, he said.
"If a state board is effective about educating doctors, educating the public and remediating doctors, they will have fewer board actions as a result. Efficiency is a difficult thing to gauge by looking at the board actions," Dr. Chaudhry said.
A total of 850,085 physicians have active medical licenses with the nation's 70 medical and osteopathic boards.
"I wouldn't make too much of a 1.2% decrease," Dr. Chaudhry s [Read more]