Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners Complaint – Notification

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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 when; 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 first stage of the complaint process.  A general time-line for the notification of an investigation stage is as follows:

1.       A complaint is received by the Board

2.       The complainant and physician are notified of the pending complaint by the Board through a letter

3.       The physician is asked to respond to the allegations within the complaint, including all pertinent information and medical records.

Prior to responding to the complaint it is imperative that the physician seek legal counsel.  Submitting a well-reasoned, persuasive response can sometimes be the difference between having the complaint dismissed versus being found to have committed an act of unprofessional conduct.

If you have any questions regarding a complaint with the Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery contact Attorney Robert Chelle.