Currently the State of Ohio is the only state with unrestricted ‘confidential’ physician complaints, allowing that Medical Board Members can complain about their competition, or solve arguments about care practice disagreements by taking a physician’s license – protecting themselves, affiliated hospitals, and ‘friends’ from malpractice in a ‘confidential’ way. The Members of the State Medical Board of Ohio collect (appointments, contracts, consulting) from cases, and no one can stop this because everything is ‘confidential.’
Friends with benefits have ‘friends’ on the State Medical Board in Ohio – and the physicians tell you this when you try to reason with them about a situation. Imagine discussing a medical care situation with a colleague who tells you that they are ‘right’ because they have ‘friends’ on the State Medical Board of Ohio, and can get your license pulled for the rest of your career if you don’t go along with them (and this is about other than medical decisions in the medical environment – the personals also get included). And further this doesn’t belong on ripoff – but it’s the ‘elephant in the room’ in Ohio in the Governor’s office. The Governor of Ohio can’t figure out himself, or the State Medical Board of Ohio.
Problems happened in the State of Texas regarding the woman physician President of the Board having her husband complain ‘confidentially’ about certain competitor physicians – so a new law at least stopped that. That new Texas law doesn’t even begin to cover half of the problems in Texas with ‘confidential’ physician complaints however – a complaint problem that has backlogged as you can’t sign as a physician to end a ‘case’ with the facts being ‘confidential.’
If you don’t know what you are accused of, and who accused, then you can’t sign an admission of facts, or non-facts. In the US, our Constitution is based on fairness; that you get to confront your accusers and defend yourself; not that being defensive is a personality disorder or that the State Medical Board of Ohio or Texas knows best. And medicine rests on difficult scientific concepts – that not all colleagues understand, or have the same training about – so you need to be able to explain and make your point. Governor Perry belongs back in Texas fixing this and other state problems, not running for President. Governor Kasich needs to fix the Ohio State Medical Board before he gets other office ambitions also. It’s always easier to run the country, or Congress, than Ohio or Texas.
MDs can’t diagnose a patient with ‘confidential,’ or sign a ‘confidential’ chart for reimbursement. The ‘confidential’ is being used to misdiagnose & mistreat physician MDs that the Board Members want punished for disagreeing with someone or the Board.
Psychiatry is being misused big-time at all State Medical Boards, and the ‘confidential’ complaints are constantly conveniently changed to protect the liability of the state for starting a false disciplinary case or investigation – so that eventually the case has morphed way beyond what it originally was. This drags Medical Board cases in Ohio into decades – because the case keeps changing and a ‘new go’ is tried – nothing false is ever dismissed – there are no procedural rules for that.
The Ohio State Medical Board never makes mistakes, even though the individual practitioners are only ‘right’ about 3/4ths of the time at most on their web posting reviews (if that). So they are only correct about 2/3rds-3/4ths of the time with Medical Board situations. In Ohio there is no external review possible – the appeals go to the Ohio Court of Appeals where they can’t get the ‘confidential’ file to rule on the case; so they throw out the ruling and send it back for more lies – wasting resources.
‘Confidential’ physician complaints at State Medical Boards are not the way to go for patients to collect on liability that courts won’t give them, or to have Board Members destroying their competition. Competition includes physicians that Board Members have harmed with bad care practices needing improvement, or physicians that they want out of the way for a career appointment or just because they have hated them since Medical School.
There are a lot of male physicians that hate their women colleagues, and even hate women patients, and they aren’t necessarily gay – but there are a significant number of them in ob-gyn and orthopedics. They make constant fun of women patients and colleagues, ie Dr. Timothy Nice does this when you don’t go along, Dr. Lance Talmadge likes only women that he can order to psychiatric evaluations – neither like to ‘care’ for them in any sense of that word (blood work or casts). It’s still all about one-upping, in bed on or on the wards; women aren’t people.
It’s too easy to use ‘confidential’ in these complaints, and then not have to produce the validity of the complaint, or the complainer’s credentials and CV – who in Ohio can be a male physician that didn’t get ‘understanding’ from the woman MD, or vice versa. And Governor Kasich is, at this point, in on the fraud – along with Brad Reynolds. The complaints get way beyond resolutions before the facts are checked.
At the Governor’s office in Ohio, they hang up on you when you call, or are perpetually unavailable. 48-plus other states have taken some steps to restrict physician complaints to valid verifiable situations (not virtual, exaggerated, or imagined reality), and to complainers who have to produce their names, credentials and medication lists. The complainers can’t be a former practice colleague who hit on the woman physician for personal ‘understanding’ – except in Ohio where the complainer can be a spouse, a one-night-stand, a former employer, or a colleague wanting free office space & staff.
It’s not that everything has to be in public records, but complaints have to be ‘real,’ confirmable, and other objective witnesses and parties have to be able to come forward before 19-20 years later. These false cases cost Ohio at least $500,000-$1M/case – and Brad Reynolds can’t even get the exact figures from Mr. Whitehouse. And after 20 years, most of the other witnesses are not around.
You can’t come forward as a witness in a physician ‘confidential’ complaint case unless you know what the complaint is and who is involved: patient & physician-wise. So it’s just a pile of hearsay ruining lives and consuming state monies, improving nothing because it’s all ‘confidential.’
And it’s not the ‘pill-mill’ MDs, it’s the Governor of illusions that’s the problem in Ohio – everything is ‘confidential’ so no one can resolve anything. Governor Kasich is supposed to be a smart man, and this is ‘smart’ policy?
But having the Governor’s office hang-up on physicians trying to get the problem resolved is not going to work. Even Texas has had to restrict confidential anonymous complaints about physicians – and confidential is not going to resolve any problems or legal settlements for medical mistakes. It doesn’t even solve getting the patient their records in Ohio – that’s ‘confidential.’
The Governor needs to do something about the ‘confidential’ complaint system at the State Medical Board of Ohio, to ensure that false situations are cleared up and the physicians back to work – which can’t happen ‘confidentially.’ And there are a number of these ‘confidential’ cases in Ohio not involving the physician’s patient care – just that the physician didn’t go along with the boys. And the writer doesn’t want to be the horrible person saying the obvious – but the ‘confidential’ problem is affecting both male & female physicians in a bad way – not improving patient care.