Tuesday, June 5, 2012

amednews.com: Medical Boards Get More Tools To Investigate Physicians

New laws and efforts to end over-prescribing play roles in greater activity by boards.

Carolyne Krupa, June 4, 2012.

Political pressure and more attention to the growing problem of prescription drug abuse have contributed to increased scrutiny of medical boards in recent years. That has led some states to pass legislation or make policy changes to bolster how the boards regulate and discipline physicians. States such as Delaware, Florida and Texas have enacted laws to prevent the operation of so-called pill mills by targeting physicians who abuse their prescribing rights, said Lisa Robin, chief advocacy officer at the Federation of State Medical Boards. Other states have increased their medical board staffs or expanded their boards’ abilities to investigate and discipline doctors.

Read the entire article in American Medical News.

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