Newswise — WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 3, 2018) – The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has released the 2018 U.S. Medical Regulatory Trends and Actions Report. The report, published every two years, serves as a public resource to raise awareness about the work of the nation’s state medical boards.
The 2018 report features detailed information about the make-up and policies of each state medical board, physician licensure statistics and aggregate national physician disciplinary data. The report emphasizes the importance of informing patients on how to gather information about physicians, learn how to file a complaint, and utilize the services of their state medical board.
“The overarching goal of this report is to educate the public about the tools and resources available to them from their state medical board,” said FSMB President and CEO Humayun Chaudhry, DO, MACP. “Building trust and strengthening engagement between state boards and the public will ultimately lead to more informed patients that feel confident in choosing their providers and empowered to report negative interactions if they occur.”
The report is structured in three sections, including background about the work of state medical boards, national discipline and licensing data, and detailed information about the make-up and policies of each state medical board.
In an effort to provide consumers with the greatest amount of useful information possible, Section I of the report includes detailed information on how to check a physician’s credentials, how and when to file a complaint against a physician, an explanation of how the complaint process works, and contact information for each of the nation’s 70 state medical boards.
To download a copy of the 2018 U.S. Medical Regulatory Trends and Actions Report please click here.
About the Federation of State Medical Boards
The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) is a national non-profit organization representing all medical boards within the United States and its territories that license and discipline allopathic and osteopathic physicians and, in some jurisdictions, other health care professionals. The FSMB serves as the voice for state medical boards, supporting them through education, assessment, research and advocacy while providing services and initiatives that promote patient safety, quality health care and regulatory best practices. To learn more about FSMB, visit www.fsmb.org. You can also follow FSMB on Twitter (@theFSMB).