Focus on the Medical Board’s Enforcement Actions

The Medical Board of California issued its Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016 – 2017.  It reveals that out of the 9,619 complaints made to the Board’s enforcement program, the Board took a total of 466 disciplinary actions — an increase from 338 in the year 2015 – 2016 and from 365 in the year 2014 – 2015. Of last year’s enforcement actions, most resolved with some term of probation and practice prohibitions, with surrender of license a close second.
If you are a medical care provider, you are well aware that the Board’s online complaint systems makes it easy for consumers to file complaints — all of which are investigated to some extent.  Most complaints are made by members of the public, with those made by law enforcement agencies or other state or federal agencies a distant second.
Additionally, the Board issued a record number of new physicians’ licenses, for a total of 6,802 in the Fiscal Year 2016 – 2017.
You can read the Board’s Annual Report here(link is external).