Medical board discipline for complementary, alternative & integrative medical therapies

Medical board discipline for complementary, alternative & integrative medical therapies is a concern our attorneys address when physicians integrate CAM into their practices and clinics.

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Acccess to Medical Treatment Act Softens Physician Discipline for CAM

A state version of the federally proposed "Access to Medical Treatment Act" expands consumer health care choices by softening physician discipline for alternative therapies.

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Disciplinary charges dropped against holistic psychiatrist practicing energy medicine

The Maryland Board of Physicians has dismissed its disciplinary case against a holistic psychiatrist who practices orthomolecular psychiatry and energy medicine.

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Disciplined Health Care Provider Sues State

When a state medical or other health care regulatory board has been heavy-handed with discipline--for example, repeatedly disciplining an MD who has integrated complementary therapies--can the provider strike back with a lawsuit?

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Physician Disciplinary Actions Grow

The Illinois Financial and Professional Regulation Department took 281 disciplinary actions against doctors last year, a 17 percent increase over 2004 and more than double the number of actions in 2001.

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State Medical Board Disciplinary Investigations Continue for CAM Use

States have enacted alternative medicine laws ("medical freedom acts") designed to protect physicians from discipline "solely" based on use of CAM therapies, but they can make an end-run around these laws.

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CA Laws Relating to Alternative Medicine Practices by MD's and Others

CA has an interesting take on alternative medicine regulation.

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New Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Physician Inclusion of Alternative Medicine

A new lawsuit against a physician who gave intravenous injection of hydrogen peroxide to a patient with multiple sclerosis sheds new light on the emerging legal and regulatory framework governing complementary and alternative medical therapies.

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Federation of State Medical Board Guidelines

In addition to understanding the fundamentals of professional discipline, it's also a good idea to become familiar with the Model Guidelines for the Use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Medical Practice promulgated by the Federation of State Medical Boards.

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Discipline by State Medical Boards and Others

Disciplinary issues have been among the thorniest facing clinicians, particularly M.D.'s, offering CAM therapies.

While a malpractice lawsuit involves a civil claim by a private party (the patient) against the provider, professional discipline against a CAM provider involves an administrative hearing by a professional regulatory board (for example, the state board of chiropractors but more typically the state medical board).

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