Thursday, April 12, 2012 Criminal background checks provide patchwork protection against rogue doctors

About two-thirds of medical boards have the authority to investigate whether a physician has a criminal history, but rules vary by state.

Carolyne Krupa, April 2, 2012

Driving under the influence, tax evasion, fraud, battery and sexual assault.

These are some of the charges that have been revealed in criminal background checks of physicians by medical boards around the country. Often the doctors in question try to hide their criminal past, but that has become increasingly difficult.

During the last 15 years, concerns over public safety have led to many state medical boards being given authority to investigate as a condition of licensure whether doctors have a criminal history. But how that authority is used varies from state to state.

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