When the State Medical Board of Ohio acts 'provisionally' on a false complaint about a physician - or wants to manage the physician's medical care by saying what diagnosis they have - then mistakes are made & no procedures to dismiss a false physician complaint exist in Ohio.
In other states, there is a time frame for dismissal - before 20 years - and the physicians are awarded at least minimal damages for the wasting of whatever 'time' out of their careers - awarded re-education & licensure fees if nothing else. You can't not have a case to take a physician's license in every other state. Even Texas has reformed their 'confidential' physician complaint system as of last Fall - and better reforms are on the horizon there - the lawyers at least blog about the problem. In Ohio there is a stack of cases, where when you call the Medical Board, they are 'still looking for a case.' And Richard Whitehouse's staff admits this at times - Eileen. But mostly no one answers the phone, but they keep up their social media sites - check out Richard Whitehouse JD.
In Ohio, reforms at the State Medical Board of Ohio have been admittedly needed for 20 years - 48 states have gotten rid of 'confidential' physician complaints entirely - Rhode Island State Medical Board won't accept a 'confidential' complaint to even be read (returned to sender) - as they can't check out the 'confidential' or shoulder the liability of destroying a physician's career. You have to have a checkable signature on your complaint in Rhode Island - no John or Jane Does.
Most states admit freely that 'confidential' physician complaints are used by colleagues, former employers, and ex-spouses/partners, to get at money or destroy the competition - the complaints have nothing to do with the physician's patient care. But that's the kind of complaint that Ohio likes - going at the personalities of women physicians & their dating lives - do they have enough experience with men? Hours are wasted in Columbus discussing this nonsense - that the women don't like colleagues who have certain personal habits ie they hit on women or do sexually-laced comments during professional times.
Ohio has 20 years of that liability - acting on medical licenses before they had a case - or checked out the case. The Ohio State Court of Appeals tries to throw out these cases, but they can't get the files to hear the cases - no evidence. And Governor Kasich won't answer his phone on this situation - he doesn't talk to physicians. Governor Kasich's last appointments to the State Medical Board of Ohio - his lay appointments - couldn't figure any medical from business management. Lay appointees can be academics (Mathematics or Epidemiology PhDs), RNs who have been legislators or are JDs, former hospital administrators; they can be appointees with some medical 'connection' or knowledge - and should be.
Currently Governor Kasich won't answer his phone about this. Brad Reynolds - his go-to man - is not available - and medical anything is not Brad's forte. Richard Whitehouse hasn't answered his phone since 2005 about this situation. And the legislators - while they admit the stack of false cases against physicians incurred with the 'confidential' system of complaints - don't want to bankrupt Columbus with justified suits.
This has been admitted by Speakers Householder & Budish - that the problem exists & that only a limited opening of these cases can be done - but no limited opening and 'clearance' is available under the present Rules. Present Rules dictate that the Medical Board can deem an 'impairment' simply a physician objecting to the wrong care of themselves - which is going to happen as medical care is done these days. So how are physicians supposed to object to the wrong care of another patient? And that's what physicians are trained to do - there are huge numbers of medical mistakes daily in Ohio. But the State Medical Board of Ohio, and Governor Kasich, won't admit the problem.
Someone needs to pick up their phones in Columbus. New legislators - Senator John Eklund & Representative Matt Lynch - you have an golden opportunity to craft new legislation that will protect physicians & patients - and cancer patients have many mistakes made in their diagnosis and care. The problem in Ohio - a physician can't admit mistakes in Ohio, document, and refer, transfer or consult without penalty - as in 40-some other states.
Harvard Partners publishes HARVARD mistakes & how they handle them - some in the New England Journal - and the patients at least have a chance at something other than inappropriate & unethical psychiatric consolation or a mess of lies. Lies don't improve health care, and false cases against innocent women physicians - who are always blamed by the men - are ruining the careers of many women physicians in Ohio. How many well-trained women MDs have 'retired early' in Ohio? No stats. Governor Kasich needs to call home from Meet the Press, and Meet the Press needs to ask the right questions.