Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners Complaint – Board Review

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The Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery (“Board”) oversee all investigations and complaints regarding Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (“DO”) licensed to practice in Arizona.  The Board has issued guidelines into the investigative process.  An investigation by the Board is initiated through; 1) a complaint is filed against a physician, 2) voluntary reporting, 3) or when other organizations are required by law to report a possible violation to the Board.  The Board has published Investigative Procedure Guidelines that list seven distinct stages of the complaint process.  The stages are as follows:

1.       Notification of an Investigation
2.       Processing of Information
3.       Board Review
4.       Case Review
5.       Investigative Hearing
6.       Formal Administrative Hearing
7.       Disposition of Cases

This post will examine the third stage of the complaint process; board review.  A general time-line for the board review stage is as follows:

1.       After the physician has submitted a written response, the complainant has been interviewed and all medical records and testimony have been gathered, the Board does a final check to ensure all pertinent information is collected.

2.       Once the Board is satisfied that all relevant information is assembled the Deputy Director or a medical consultant will summarize the case in a report that includes; allegations, responses, medical records and testimony recorded.

3.       The report is evaluated by three Board members who then make independent recommendations to the full Board.

4.       Once the recommendations are finalized the case is placed on the agenda of the Board’s next public meeting.

5.       The physician and complainant are informed of the date, time and location of the meeting where the case will be considered by the Board.

6.       This initial review is formally described as: Review, Discussion, and Action on Case Reviews of Allegations of Unprofessional Conduct

7.       Attendance is voluntary for this stage in the hearing, but the physician and complainant are provided an opportunity to address the Board at the meeting.

Do not miss the opportunity to address the Board.  Every physician with a complaint pending against them should take every available measure to defend their license.  Contact an attorney and make certain you are fully prepared to contest the allegations levied against you.  The next entry will discuss the Case Review and Investigative Hearing stages of the complaint process.

If you have any questions about an Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgerycomplaint contact Attorney Robert Chelle.