What Actions are Taken by the Board, and What is the Statistical Breakdown?
July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013
A total of 462 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, 35 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; 222 were voted on by the Board for no further action; 49 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.
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