Unprofessional Conduct Among Top Problems Nationally

Unprofessional Conduct Among Top Problems Nationally

Both the Federation [of State Medical Boards] and the American Medical Association offer guidelines on how to deal with ethical behavior issues, but no one entity oversees or mandates how violations will be handled. State medical boards are bound by state statutes passed by their individual legislatures and the boards’ powers very widely, says Drew Carlson, director of communications for the Federation.
Many ethical issues never made it to the state boards, and are simply dealt with by individual health care organizations that create and approve their own ethical rules.

Bill Steiger

Physician Executive

March 2005

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