Hospice Patients Alliance: Consumer Advocacy


Checking Up On or Filing Complaints About Physicians

When utilizing services from physicians, whether in hospice or elsewhere, you may wish to find out what kind of record the physician has. While settlements with insurance companies do not necessarily reflect the real character of a physician's practice, disciplinary actions taken by a state Medical Board may be taken quite seriously. Settlements to resolve malpractice claims may be done at the insistence of a physician's insurance carrier and may not reflect wrongdoing at all, because insurance companies will pressure a physician to settle, if the cost of settling is less than the cost of going to trial. Physicians are not pleased with this practice, but it is what insurance companies often do, even when the physician is completely innocent of any wrongdoing.

You may wish to check on a physician's record or file a complaint with a state Medical Board. If you experience very serious problems with a physician's treatment of your loved one, you should consult an attorney who specializes in medical cases and file a complaint with the state Medical Board that reviews such cases. We provide addresses of state medical boards below. Problems that are not that serious can be handled by speaking with the physician directly and providing feedback as to the care given.






Agencies responsible for licensing physicians in 40 states and the District of Columbia provide the names of doctors they discipline on their Web sites. The amount of information disclosed varies from state to state, as does the frequency of updates. Some state medical boards that name disciplined physicians on their Web sites still require consumers to contact the agencies directly to receive specific information about the misconduct.



Addresses of State Medical Boards



Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners
www.albme.org

Alaska State Medical Board
www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/StateMedicalBoard.aspx

Arizona Board of Medical Examiners
https://www.azmd.gov/

Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery
www.azosteoboard.org

Arkansas State Medical Board
Peggy P. Cryer, Executive Secretary
2100 Riverfront Dr., Suite 200
Little Rock, AR 72202-1793
(501) 296-1802 / Fax:(501) 296-1805

Medical Board of California
www.mbc.ca.gov/

Osteopathic Medical Board of California
www.docboard.org

Colorado Board of Medical Examiners
www.dora.state.co.us/medical

Connecticut Medical Examining Board
Jeff Kardys, Board Liaison
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
(street address 410 Capitol Ave. MS13PHO)
(860) 509-7648 / Fax:(860) 509-7553
Licensing Information,(860) 509-7563

Delaware Board of Medical Practice
Douglas J. Reed, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1401
Dover, DE 19903
(street address: 861 Silver Lake Blvd., Cannon Building, Suite 203, 19904)
(302) 739-4522 / Fax:(302) 739-2711

District of Columbia Board of Medicine
www.dchealth.com

Florida Board of Medicine
www.doh.state.fl.us

Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine
www.doh.state.fl.us

Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners
www.sos.state.ga.us/EBD/

Guam Board of Medical Examiners
Teofila P. Cruz, Administrator
Health Professional Licensing Office
P.O. Box 2816
Hagatna, GU 96932
(011) 671-475-0251 / Fax:(011) 671-477-4733


Hawaii Board of Medical Examiners
http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/boards/medical/

Idaho State Board of Medicine
www.idacare.org

Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
https://www.idfpr.com/profs/Physicians.asp

Indiana Health Professions Bureau
www.ai.org/hpb

Iowa State Board of Medical Examiners
www.docboard.org

Kansas Board of Healing Arts
www.ink.org/public/boha

Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure
www.state.ky.us/agencies/kbml

Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
www.lsbme.org

Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine
www.docboard.org/me/me_home.htm

Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure
https://www.maine.gov/osteo/


Maryland Board of Physicians
www.mbp.state.md.us

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/board-of-registration-in-medicine

Michigan Board of Medicine
https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_72600_72603_27529_27541_91190-405495--,00.html

Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery
www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_72600_72603_27529_27541-58914--,00.html

Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
www.bmp.state.mn.us


Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure
www.msbml.state.ms.us

Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
https://pr.mo.gov/healingarts.asp

Montana Board of Medical Examiners
http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/med   

Nebraska Health and Human Services, Regulation and Licensure Credentialing Division
physicianlicensing.com/nebraska/

Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners
http://medboard.nv.gov/

Nevada State Board of Osteopathic Medicine
Thomas C. Lindsay, III, Director of Licensing
2950 E. Flamingo Rd., Suite E-3
Las Vegas, NV 89121-5208
(702) 732-2147 / Fax:(702) 732-2079

New Hampshire Board of Medicine
https://www.oplc.nh.gov/medicine/

New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners
www.state.nj.us

New Mexico Board of Medical Examiners
http://www.nmmb.state.nm.us

New Mexico Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners
www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/OsteopathicMedicine.aspx

New York State Board for Medicine (Licensure)
https://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/doctors/conduct/

New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct (Discipline)
www.health.state.ny.us/

North Carolina Medical Board
www.docboard.org

North Dakota State Board of Medical Examiners
www.ndbomex.com

State Medical Board of Ohio
www.state.oh.us/med/

Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision
http://www.okmedicalboard.org/

Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners
www.docboard.org

Oregon Board of Medical Examiners
https://www.oregon.gov/OMB/Pages/index.aspx

Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine
www.dos.state.pa.us

Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine
www.dos.state.pa.us

Board of Medical Examiners of Puerto Rico
Ivonne Fernandez Colon, Executive Director
P.O. Box 13969
San Juan, PR 00908
(street address: Kennedy Avenue, ILA Building, Hogar del Obrero Portuario, Piso 8, Puerto Nuevo, 00920)
(787) 782-8989 / Fax:(787) 782-8733

Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline
http://health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=200/

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
https://www.llr.sc.gov/POL/medical/

South Dakota State Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners
L. Paul Jensen, Executive Secretary
1323 S. Minnesota Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
(605) 334-8343 / Fax:(605) 336-0270

Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners
https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/me-board.html

Tennessee Board of Osteopathic Examiners
www.state.tn.us/health

Texas State Board of Medical Examiners
www.tmb.state.tx.us/


Utah Department of Commerce
Div. of Occupational & Professional Licensure
https://www.docjungle.com/medical-boards/utah-physician-licensing/

Utah Department of Commerce
Div. of Occupational & Professional Licensure
https://dopl.utah.gov/md/index.html

Vermont Board of Medical Practice
http://www.healthvermont.gov/systems/medical-practice-board

Vermont Board of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
www.sec.state.vt.us

Virgin Islands Board of Medical Examiners
Lydia Scott, Executive Director
Virgin Islands Dept. of Health
48 Sugar Estate
St. Thomas, VI 00802
(340) 774-0117/ Fax:(340) 777-4001

Virginia Board of Medicine
https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/medicine/

Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission
www.doh.wa.gov

Washington State Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery
www.doh.wa.gov

West Virginia Board of Medicine
www.wvdhhr.org/wvbom

West Virginia Board of Osteopathy
Joseph E. Schreiber, D.O., Secretary
334 Penco Rd.
Weirton, WV 26062
(304) 723-4638 / Fax:(304) 723-2877

Wisconsin Medical Examining Board
https://dsps.wi.gov/pages/BoardsCouncils/MEB/Default.aspx

Wyoming Board of Medicine
Carole Shotwell, J.D., Executive Secretary
211 W. 19th St., Colony Bldg., 2nd floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(307) 778-7053 / Fax:(307) 778-2069







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