June 8, 1994

State Medical Boards Discipline More, Want Role in Health System Reform

JAMA. 1994;271(22):1723-1724. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510460015005

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MORE PROBLEM physicians were disciplined last year by state medical licensing boards than in the previous 3 years. In 1993, a total of 3711 cases were recorded; there were 3370 in 1992. These figures on disciplinary actions taken by medical boards were released last month by the Federation of State Medical Boards.

Hormoz Rassekh, MD, the federation's president and a psychiatrist in Council Bluffs, Iowa, notes that a total of 3081 prejudicial actions were taken against problem physicians. Actions involved punitive measures ranging from loss of license to limitation or restriction of license to probation to formal reprimand.

The numbers represent nearly a 15% increase over the last 4 years, while the 1993 prejudicial actions taken by medical boards represent an increase of 3.6% over those in 1992. "This indicates the readiness of state medical boards to deal with the issues confronting medicine and delivery of medical care," said Rassekh,

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