Surviving a Medical Board Investigation
A Tighter Crackdown on Doctors
Any physician can become the target of a state medical board investigation. By law, these licensing bodies are required to evaluate all complaints—serious and silly, and whether filed by a patient, colleague, or hospital. The charges can range from the ridiculous (“I’m a space alien and the doctor broke his promise to help return me to my home planet”—a real complaint!) to allegations of negligence that resulted in a patient’s injury or death. Medical boards wield enormous power over doctors’ careers and livelihoods. They can impose penalties that range from reprREAD MORE
The Search for Zero
We live in a perfect society. Everyone is happy. No one experiences less than perfection.
In the search for zero there is no compromise, there is no loss, and there are only excellent outcomes and THERE IS NO BUDGET.
As physicians we are stuck between the Rock and the Hard Place—between overutilization and a malpractice lawsuit.
I want to deviate for a moment and take you back in history. The space shuttle program was started in 1971. Believe it or not there was a budget and a mission statement. In order to meet the mission statement the engineers had to pick a level of perfection. They chosREAD MORE
- Use prescription drug monitoring programs to identify patients who might be misusing prescription drugs.
- Use methadone or buprenorphine or other effective substitute treatments for those patients who have substance abuse problems.
- Discuss with patients the risks and benefits of pain treatment options, including ones that do not involve prescription painkillers.
- Follow best practices by scrREAD MORE