According to the Federation of State Medical Board's (FSMB) Summary of 2009 Board Actions report, 342 more disciplinary actions were taken against physicians in 2009 than in 2008, representing a 6% increase.
For the report, the FSMB monitored the actions of 70 state medical and osteopathic boards. FSMB assessed the Composite Action Index (CAI) of each state board, which is an average of the number of disciplinary actions taken by the board and the total number of licensed physicians in the state.
The New Hampshire and South Dakota medical boards were shown to have the highest increase in their CAIs between 2008 and 2009. The Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine and the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners had the largest decrease between 2008 and 2009.
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Sources: FSMB, Modern Healthcare