State Boards of Medicine Reviewing and Acting On Accusations of Inappropriate Use of the Internet by Physicians

From MedPage Today:

Most state medical boards have received — and acted on — complaints about physicians’ online behavior, a survey showed.

Of 48 state medical boards responding to the survey, all but four indicated that they had received reports of “online professionalism violations” at some point, such as prescribing drugs over the Internet without seeing the patients or misrepresenting credentials, according to S. Ryan Greysen, MD, of the University of California San Francisco, and colleagues.

Most of the complaints led to disciplinary proceedings or consent orders, Greysen and colleagues reported in a research letter published in the March 21 Journal of the American Medical Association.

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