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FAQ - Physicians
What Actions are Taken by the Board, and What is the Statistical Breakdown?

July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 (Fiscal Year 2013)
A total of 535 consumer (patient) complaints, notice of malpractice suits, reservable claim reports from insurance companies and/or complaints from other sources were closed between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. Of those total matters closed, 20 were unfounded pursuant to RSA 329:17, XIII, which deems a complaint is unfounded if it does not fall within the jurisdiction of the Board, does not relate to the actions of the licensee, or is determined by the Board to be frivolous; 235 were voted on by the Board for no further action; 223 confidential Letters of Concern were issued, pursuant to RSA 329:17, VII-a. These letters advise the licensee that while there is insufficient evidence to support disciplinary action, the Board believes the physician should modify or eliminate certain practices, and that continuation of the activities which led to the information being submitted to the Board may result in action against the licensee's license. These letters are not released to the public or any other licensing authority, except that the letters may be used as evidence in subsequent disciplinary proceedings by the Board. Also during this time frame, the Board imposed disciplinary action in 27 matters: seventeen Settlement Agreements for professional misconduct, one Preliminary Agreement for Practice Restrictions, four Voluntary Surrender of Licenses, one denial of license and four orders issued pursuant to a Disciplinary Hearing.

July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 (Fiscal Year 2014)
A total of 398 consumer (patient) complaints, notice of malpractice suits, reservable claim reports from insurance companies and/or complaints from other sources were closed between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. Of those total matters closed, 16 were unfounded pursuant to RSA 329:17, XIII, which deems a complaint is unfounded if it does not fall within the jurisdiction of the Board, does not relate to the actions of the licensee, or is determined by the Board to be frivolous; 185 were voted on by the Board for no further action; 151 confidential Letters of Concern were issued, pursuant to RSA 329:17, VII-a. These letters advise the licensee that while there is insufficient evidence to support disciplinary action, the Board believes the physician should modify or eliminate certain practices, and that continuation of the activities which led to the information being submitted to the Board may result in action against the licensee's license. These letters are not released to the public or any other licensing authority, except that the letters may be used as evidence in subsequent disciplinary proceedings by the Board. Also during this time frame, the Board imposed disciplinary action in 24 matters: eleven Settlement Agreements for professional misconduct, five Voluntary Surrender of Licenses, one emergency suspension of license, one suspension of license, and six orders issued pursuant to a Disciplinary Hearing.

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To review the Statistical Breakdown for Fiscal Year 2014 in a chart, click here. Adobe Acrobate

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