New Opioid Policy Offers Pain Management Guidance

In June 2014, the Colorado Medical Board, in collaboration with the Colorado Dental Board, State Board of Nursing, State Board of Pharmacy and the Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Healthcare adopted a new policy for prescribing and dispensing opioids. The new policy is the first guidance the Medical Board ...
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What do Doctors Need to Report to the Medical Board?

Understanding what to report to the Colorado Medical Board outside the renewal cycle can help doctors avoid disciplinary issues. The most frequent mistake physicians make is failing to report a new address to the Board. Rule 270 requires physicians to update their address of record within 30 days. This requires ...
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WYOMING: Supreme Court Upholds Revocation of Privileges for “Disruptive Physician”

One of the primary reasons doctors receive Medical Board complaints is communication with patients, but also with hospital and office staff as well. Although many believe that treatment of hospital staff cannot result in discipline or privileging issues, a recent Wyoming case illustrates otherwise. On February 24, 2001, the Wyoming ...
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Tips for Ending the Physician-Patient Relationship With Problem Patients

One question I get from time to time is how a doctor may discharge "problem patients" and end the physician-patient relationship. Doctors who terminate the relationship improperly can face disciplinary charges for patient abandonment or worse. Medical Board complaints for patient abandonment are generally the result of poor communication and ...
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The PDMP – Colorado’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program PDMP – What you should know

As most doctors are aware, the Colorado Board of Pharmacy maintains the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), which provides a database of controlled substance prescriptions dispensed by Colorado pharmacies. Access to the PDMP is limited to a defined set of circumstances. This is important because a provider who improperly accesses ...
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The Medical Board Confidentiality and Transparency Balancing Act

One complaint many patients have when they file a medical board complaints is the lack of feedback the Medical Board provides and how little information is shared. Colorado has for years taken the position that medical board investigations, files and complaints are confidential. Colorado's Medical Transparency Act provides patients with ...
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Supreme Court Denies Expedited Appeal of Healthcare Law

In a widely expected move, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Virginia's request to fast track the appeal of its Attorney General's challenge to the Affordable Care Act this week. Had the Court granted the petition, it would have permitted the case to skip the Court of Appeals and likely would ...
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Social Networkers Beware: Facebook Post Results in Physician Discipline

It was bound to happen eventually. According to an MSNBC.COM Report on Monday, the Rhode Island Medical Board reprimanded a physician for inadvertently identifying a patient in a Facebook post. Not only was the doctor reprimanded, she lost her emergency room privileges and was fired from her hospital . Apparently, ...
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Social Media & Medicine — Tips for Avoiding Trouble

The ever-increasing popularity of social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and others, can create issues for doctors and other health care providers. A few weeks ago, I posted about the Rhode Island physician who lost her job and was reprimanded by the Medical Board for inadvertently  identifying a patient on ...
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Revised Medical Practice Act Offers New, Confidential Option for Disabled Docs

Prior to July 1, 2010, Colorado's Medical Practice Act included within its definition of "Unprofessional Conduct" any physical or mental condition that rendered a physician or physician assistant unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety to patients. As a former attorney for the Colorado Medical Board, this was one ...
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