Quality, unprofessional conduct and recordkeeping issues were the most common reason for discipline among the 77 physicians disciplined by the Texas Medical Board (TMB) since August. The reported actions highlight the need for physicians and the hospitals, practices and other entities dealing with them to take appropriate steps to manage these and other related risks.
Data recently disclosed by the TMB reveals that among the 77 licensed physicians disciplined, the violations included:
- 11 violations based on quality of care;
- 10 based on inadequate medical records
- 9 violations based on unprofessional conduct;
- 4 based on other states’ action;
- 1 based on inadequate supervision
- 1 based on peer review actions;
- 1 based on criminal convictions; and
- 10 orders for minor statutory violations.
The disciplinary actions imposed varied based on the nature and circumstances of the offense. It included 8 voluntary surrenders; 1 suspension; 3 revocations; 18 corrective orders and one cease and desist order.
A review of the TMB statistics and reports about these actions demonstrates the continuing need for physicians and the practices, hospitals, insurers, and others with liability or responsibility for monitoring, reporting or insuring their conduct to provide and administer effective training, quality and performance management and oversight to monitor and promote appropriate physician performance in these and other performance areas that may give rise to discipline or disciplinary reporting obligations. Additionally, a review of the circumstances of the reported circumstances also highlights the advisability of strengthening stress and substance abuse monitoring, education and intervention processes and procedures to head off or minimize potential licensing board and other risks.
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Vice President of the North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association, Past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Section and the former Board Compliance Chair of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, Ms. Stamer has more than 23 years experience advising physicians, hospitals and other health industry clients about quality assurance, peer review, licensing and discipline, and other medical staff performance matters. She continuously advises health industry clients about the use of technology, process and other mechanisms to promote compliance and internal controls, workforce and medical staff performance, quality, governance, reimbursement, and other risk management and operational needs. As part of this experience, she has worked extensively with health care providers, payers, health care technology and consulting and other health industry clients to investigate, address and defend physician and other health care workforce conduct, quality, communication and other concerns. A popular lecturer and widely published author on health industry concerns, Ms. Stamer also publishes and speaks extensively on health care staffing and human resources, compensation and benefits, technology, medical staff, public policy, reimbursement, privacy, technology, and other health and managed care industry regulatory, and other operations and risk management concerns for medical societies and staffs, hospitals, the HCCA, American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association and many other health industry groups and symposia. Her highly popular and information packed programs include specific training for physicians and other health industry leaders on “Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘N Role: Personal Misconduct In Health Care,” “Managing Physician Performance,” “Physician Gainsharing,” improving health care communication and collaboration and many other related matters. Her insights on these and other related matters appear in the Health Care Compliance Association, Atlantic Information Service, Bureau of National Affairs, World At Work, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insurance, the Dallas Morning News, Modern Health Care, Managed Healthcare, Health Leaders, and a many other national and local publications. To review some of her many publications and presentations, or for more information about Ms. Stamer, her experience, involvements, programs or publications, see here.
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