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NCMB RELEASES PUBLIC ACTIONS FOR 2010
Adverse actions hold steady; non-prejudicial actions down
The North Carolina Medical Board has released its Annual Board Actions Report, which reports the outcomes of disciplinary cases and other public matters resolved in 2010.
“The report provides insight into an important aspect of the Board’s work in 2010 and, as ever, illustrates the Board’s ongoing commitment to protecting the public,” said R. David Henderson, the NCMB’s executive director.
The NCMB took prejudicial* actions related to 226 individuals in 2010. That represents a slight increase from 2009, when the Board took adverse actions related to 218 individuals. The NCMB noted increases in the number of license suspensions (59 in 2010, up from 42 suspensions in 2009); reprimands (48 actions in 2010, up from 38 in 2009) and in Public Letters of Concern (77 letters in 2010, up from 73 in 2009). Public Letters of Concern remain the most prevalent type of public action executed by the Board, as well as a primary means of addressing cases related to quality of care.
During 2010, the Board took public actions in 95 cases related to quality of care issues (compared to 66 in 2009). Other major areas of concentration in 2010 included cases related to prescribing (68 cases in 2010, compared to 66 in 2009); alcohol/substance abuse (51 cases in 2010, up from 33 in 2009); and medical records (38 medical records cases in 2010, compared to 15 cases in 2009). Medical records cases may involve conduct such as making false entries, inadequate records or failure to make records available to a patient.
In addition, the NCMB took non-prejudicial** actions related to 51 individuals in 2010, a decrease from the previous year, when the Board took non-prejudicial actions related to 76 individuals. Non-prejudicial actions include agreements that provide for monitored reentry to the active clinical practice of medicine, extensions of temporary medical licenses and actions terminating consent orders (upon completion of disciplinary terms.)
For a national perspective on medical regulatory board actions, review the Federation of State Medical Boards’ 2010 Board Actions Report, which is scheduled for public release today. Visit the FSMB online.
About the North Carolina Medical Board
The North Carolina Medical Board is the agency responsible for licensing, monitoring, disciplining and guiding the health care practitioners it regulates to ensure their fitness and competence. Click here for more information about the Board.
*Prejudicial action: Adverse in nature; reflects a violation of the Medical Practice Act by the practitioner.
**Non-prejudicial action: Not adverse in nature; may reflect the Board’s determination of satisfactory performance by the practitioner following a previous disciplinary action.
Click here for a full version of the 2010 Board Actions Report
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