Improve Reporting for Patient Protection


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About the State Boards Involved in this Pilot Project

  • California Medical:

    The mission of the Medical Board of California is to protect healthcare consumers through the proper licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons and certain allied healthcare professions and through the vigorous, objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act.

    The Medical Board of California is the State agency that licenses medical doctors, investigates complaints, disciplines those who violate the law, conducts physician evaluations, and facilitates rehabilitation where appropriate.

    The Board performs similar functions for affiliated healing arts professions including registered dispensing opticians, spectacle lens dispensers, contact lens dispensers, licensed midwives, and research psychoanalysts.


  • Minnesota:

    Minnesota Board of Medical Practice Mission Statement

    The Board's role is to administer the Medical Practice Act, which creates minimum standards for licensure. Currently, graduates from U.S. medical schools must complete a one year residency program and pass the national standardized examination to be licensed in Minnesota. Foreign graduates must pass their examinations and complete two years of residency in the United States or Canada. The Board also considers other information provided by the applicant and may conduct interviews before a license is granted.

    The Board of Medical Practice is made up of 11 physicians and 5 public members, all of whom are appointed by the governor. Over 14,000 physicians are licensed by the Board of Medical Practice and the Board also regulates acupuncturists, athletic trainers, physician assistants, respiratory care practitioners and professional firms. The Board's mission is to protect the public by: 1) extending the privilege to practice to qualified applicants, and 2) investigating complaints relating to the competency or behavior of individual licensees or registrants.


  • Missouri:

    The Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts was created in 1939. The Board is comprised of eight physicians and one voting public member, serve terms of four years. Board members are nominated by the Director of the Department of Economic Development and appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. It is the duty of the Board to administer and execute the statutes, rules and regulations of the Healing Arts Practice Act. Responsibilities of the Board include: promoting ethical standards, examination, licensure, regulation, investigation of complaints and discipline of individuals practicing in the field.

    The mission of the State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts is to protect the citizens of the state through the licensing of physicians and other health designated professionals, assessing their competence to practice and their moral character. It is also the board's duty to investigate all complaints against its licensees in a fair and equitable manner.


  • Oregon: 

    The mission of the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners is to protect the health, safety, and well being of Oregon citizens by regulating the practice of medicine in a manner that promotes quality care.

    In addition to its licensing functions, the Board conducts investigations, imposes disciplinary action, and supports rehabilitation, education, and research to further its legislative mandate to protect the citizens of Oregon. The Board of Medical Examiners is also responsible for the scope of practice of First Responders and EMTs. 


  • Rhode Island:

    The Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline: The Board is an agency of state government established, by law, to protect the public and to assure high practice and professional standards in the nearly 4000-member physician community. The Board discharges these responsibilities primarily through the licensing process, receiving and investigating complaints, and serving as a disciplinary body. It also assesses professional practices and develops remedial programs for specific physicians. Among other activities, the Board provides public information on physician licenses in Rhode Island; serves as a resource to government concerning the foreign-trained physician waiver program, assures the achievement of continuing medical education standards and educates the health care and lay community regarding the role of the Board and medical professionalism.




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