Pain management doctor facing medical licensing problem

Doctors in Pennsylvania, like many others throughout the nation, often carry licenses to practice medicine in multiple states. If a situation develops where disciplinary action takes place that affects a doctor's license in a particular state, it doesn't necessarily mean the same doctor can't continue to practice medicine in whatever other states he or she holds a license. There are various reasons a doctor's medical licensing may be called into question. For one woman, a problem stemmed from reported complaints against her.

The doctor in this case primarily focused on pain management and anesthesiology for adults, as well as pediatric anesthesiology. No details were provided as to who exactly filed the complaints against her; however, it was enough to pique the medical review board's concern, prompting them to take a closer look at the situation. This ultimately led to a hearing, which the doctor herself did not attend.

An assistant attorney general announced that a decision was made to revoke the doctor's license to practice medicine in Colorado. The board said she had written prescriptions without due warrant and had committed several other infractions. The doctor in question is also licensed to practice medicine in California, which would not be affected by any decisions made in review in another state.

When medical licensing is called into question by a medical review board, it does not constitute criminal charges; rather, it is an administrative process. Many Pennsylvania doctors are able to avoid revocation by presenting a strong defense at such hearings. Because answering investigators' questions and facing a threat to one's medical license can be extremely stressful, many doctors choose to hire experienced attorneys to represent them in court.

Source: wequoyahcountytimes.com, "Rosnow loses Oklahoma license", Dianna F. Dandridge-Rystrom, June 28, 2017

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