What is the Range of Recommendations the MRSC Might Make to the Board?
- The MRSC might recommend “no further action,” which means
the allegations presently based on information received do not rise to the level that warrants further disciplinary proceeding, remedial action, or Board intervention. Additionally, it must be noted that the Board has the ability to review patterns of conduct – or a cumulative effect of conduct without time limitation. As such, the Board has the discretion to reexamine allegations in a complaint, pursuant to RSA 329:18-a, III, even if it has previously declined to conduct a disciplinary proceeding. The Board keeps the information gathered during an investigation on file in the event that further information is received for review.
- The MRSC might recommend a letter of concern (LOC) which is a non-disciplinary confidential letter to the physician warning him/her that his actions in that case are questionable, and he/she needs to modify those practices which led to the problem. An LOC is non-public and does not require a hearing before the Board can issue it. (New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated 329:17, VII-a). The LOC is not reported to the National Practitioners Data Bank, and its issuance is not disclosed to the complainant.
- The MRSC might recommend a hearing for discipline (explained in next faq)