Governor Kasich is allowing Ohio Medical Board discipline and complaints to be for all the wrong things, everything except patient care, by continuing the 'confidential' complaint system done away with in almost every other state but Texas - where there was a bill to start the 'reform' of things in 2011.
Other than misguided Texas, no other state does 'confidential' physician complaints - because when the Medical Board makes a mistake - then the Medical Board is to blame for acting on the 'confidential.' When has Ohio wanted to follow a Texas precedent, except for fraud?
States doing away with 'confidential' complaints are a liability decision - that a physician complaint has to have a name & address is legally necessary or you waste everyone's time and money. Governor Kasich would have seen this if he had any legal training, but he's directing a legislature with a over-supply of it - where the lawyers don't seem to have any social conscience whatsoever. In other states they won't accept a physician complaint unless there is a name attached and the credentials of that name can be checked - check out Rhode Island - and the complainers have to have known the physician (give the details of any relationship with the physician, ie can't be the guy who wanted sex on the side of his marriage, or the medical school classmate who hated her).
Ohio legislators can't seem to wrap their heads around Medical Board reforms and medical mistake laws, even when you tell them that almost every other state has more fairness & due process than Ohio - and the legislators are all lawyers. Senator John Eklund, and Representative Matt Lynch, have been approached in 2012 about reforms needed at the State Medical Board - reforms already written in 49 other states. Bills that they just have to choose wording from.
With 'confidential' physician complaints, colleagues can complain about physicians after they have interfered with the medical care of the physician - so that they aren't sued - to let the statute of limitations expire - which is unethical. Bullying of colleagues is basically what is going on - medical bullying that continues from Medical School where the older more experienced woman students - Carla's clique (Abby Abelson MD at Cleveland Clinic) - bullied the younger woman students that they were supposed to be a social mentor for. So you hate someone, ok, but taking their medical license is taking hate & grudges too far.
Carla O'Day MD was taken at CWRU School of Medicine to be a sort of 'den mother' - to be experience that other woman students could draw from and look up to - except that didn't exactly work out as planned by the Deans. She became a Medical Board Member in 1990-3, and started cases that no one has ever seen the like of; she seems to have really hated her younger women colleagues from Medical School. Carla O'Day was extremely bitter about her divorce from Magistrate Streepy - the whole state had to hear about her divorce - but that kind of person should not have ever been on the State Medical Board. Did anyone ever ask the CWRU Deans?
Carla O'Day MD was an older MD student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in the 1970s, but with her appointment to the Medical Board in 1990-3, she used the Medical Board to go after a younger woman MD that she had hated in the late 1970s, early 1980s - a woman with no patient complaints, but with her medical situation being mismanaged. Instead of intervening in a responsible way, and showing the guys how it should be done with women's care, Carla O'Day MD used her Medical Board appointment to arrange payment for suspending the woman classmate's license - hospital appointments & ER contracts for herself and her ER group. Carla played hardball with the boys, knew how to scare them, and the boys fell for it, when Carla O'Day's Hillcrest ER was equally liable for mistriaging the situation and letting Dr. Nice eat pizza in the clinical areas.
The bullying continues to this day at the State Medical Board of Ohio - Hearings with piles of lies, no one knowing what the case is about, that the case has been allowed to continue for 20 years with no case or to find a case - no discussions as no one can find Mr. Whitehouse or get him on the phone. Most Medical Boards insist that the case be about the physician's patient care, not their child support, and that the case is not older than so many years or it is thrown out. In Ohio, it's like Once Upon A Time, with all the cast members being unsure of their job and names - no rules that can't be broken or re-invented in Storybrooke Columbus. And no one ever leaves - Anita Steinbergh DO has been there for 20 years.
In Ohio, Board Members run the cases against classmates after they sign the complaint - to protect the Board Member who orchestrated care in an ER that was not very good. Carla O'Day MD didn't just start cases against classmate colleagues in the 1990s, she ran them, arranged for falsified Rorschach testing, and did everything except call the Mayo Clinic to find out what the woman MD classmate really had.
And the Governors from Celeste to Kasich have known about the problem with the cases that Carla O'Day started - Governor Taft had her reviewed internally, so that the pile of unjustified confidential complaints that Carla O'Day MD orchestrated weren't opened for reforms - not enough evidence as everything is 'confidential.' It's now a society that is post-9/11 and disclosure of what is really doing on at the State Medical Board needs to be done - if only so that other witnesses that knew what was really going on with Carla O'Day MD can come forward.
So that the physicians falsely accused because of Carla O'Day being bitter about things can get back to their lives & careers. One woman's misuse of her appointment has made a mess - but the mess should have been reviewed by one of the Republican Governors before Kasich - if only to highlight the abuses of picking ones friends or campaign contributors for Medical Board positions. No Ohio Governor should be able to get just expedited 'green lights' in the Senate Health Committee. Medical Board appointments should have something to do with medical care - not real estate, political spin-doctor's wives, or just because of the money.
Medical Board cases need to be about the physician's patient care, not to support the Medical Board cottage industry. Medical Boards need to allow that physicians object to the wrong care for themselves or their patients - as part of the job. The physician needs to be in good health to care for patients - her fractures can't be ripening to EXCRESCENCE.
If the physician is getting medical care that no one else in any other state would have to tolerate - then the care is wrong - it's not a personality disorder of the physician. The Ohio State Medical Board is misusing psychiatry - when the diagnosis can be found by calling the Mayo Clinic - and no blood work is allowed before the Board acts. Women MDs don't deserve gyn, blood work, or casts with padding and fracture reduction in Ohio - they have to be mindless groupies saying a drugged 'yes' to whatever the boys propose in the way of care, standards, or fraternization - why not get a surgical robot? It would have been cheaper in this case.
And then the Cleveland Clinic won't act to treat the bone condition. After the Medical Board acts in Ohio, no one has the social conscience to help a physician whose license has been suspended, no matter how unjustly.
One woman physician has had her license suspended for 19 years for making too much of admittedly very bad care (the 'boys were being boys' is how the Medical Board has described the care). She was one of Carla's cases that has been continued because the Board has no procedural policy to handle a mistake - to undo a case. Other states have policies to cover Medical Board mistakes - that they will cover re-licensure and re-education. Ohio legislators are not so farsighted.
Governor Kasich should not be legitimizing 'boys being boys' medical care for starters. The woman MD's cousin had the same metabolic bone condition in another state - getting the correct treatment - so the woman MD objected and her license was taken with no legal basis for this - but the Governor is not a lawyer. Neither Ohio physicians, nor Medical Board Members, can do the correct treatment or call the Mayo Clinic to find the correct diagnosis before an emergency session to provisionally taken the woman MD's license to cover the liability of the woman Board Member (Carla O'Day MD), the hospitals and the physicians involved in the 'boys' care in Cleveland - boy's care that didn't even involve picking up the cell phone.
First, these kind of cases are a misuse of the Medical Board. Second, it's a situation where the Board should be intervening in to improve the care in Ohio to the standard of the other 49 states. And third the Medical Board has to encourage communication, consultation, and dialogue to improve physician care. And the discussions should not have to be on ripoff - a real case and the Ohio Court of Appeals would not have thrown the case out in 1993.