The Federation of State Medical Boards (“FSMB”) has 70 member state medical boards and osteopathic boards in the United States. The FSMB has published its Summary of 2010 Board Actions that provides statistics regarding disciplinary actions taken by its member boards.
For 2010, there were 1,815 loss of licenses or licensed privileges reported (which includes revocations, suspensions, surrender or mandatory retirement of licenses, or loss of privileges afforded by those licenses); in 2009, there were 1,736.
For 2010, there were 1,296 restriction of licenses or licensed privileges reported (which include probations, limitations or restrictions of license or licensed privileges); in 2009, there were 1,321.
For 2010, there were 1,687 other prejudicial actions reported (which include modifications of a license or the privileges granted by that license that results in a penalty or reprimand, etc., to the licensee); in 2009, there were 1,774.
For 2010, there were 854 non-prejudicial actions reported (which include actions that do not result in modification or termination of a license or licensed privileges that are often administrative in nature (for example, the reinstatement of a license after a disciplinary action)); in 2009, there were 890.
For 2010, there were a total of 5,652 reported actions; in 2009 there were a total of 5,721 reported actions.
The FSMB’s 2010 summary report by state also provides a Composite Action Index (“CAI”) to assist medical boards in tracking disciplinary trends. The CAI is a weighted average of disciplinary actions taken against physicians practicing in a state, as well as all physicians licensed by that state. Actions affecting physicians’ licenses such as revocations and suspensions are weighted more heavily in a state’s CAI. The CAI serves as a barometer of significant changes in a state medical board’s level of disciplinary actions.
The CAI of a state medical board is calculated by (1) dividing the total number of actions of the board by the total number of physicians licensed in the state; (2) by dividing the total number of actions of the board by the total number of physicians practicing in the state; (3) by dividing the total number of prejudicial actions of the board by the total number of physicians licensed by the state, whether they practice in the state or not; and, (4) by dividing the total number of prejudicial actions of the board by the total number of physicians practicing in the state. A state medical board’s CAI is then calculated by the average of the four, with more weight given to items (3) and (4) because of the more serious nature of prejudicial actions.
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