Audit praises Nevada board, makes recommendations
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Jan. 26, 2004
An audit of the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners said the medical board meets or exceeds its state responsibility in regulating physicians.
The audit, mandated by the Nevada Legislature and conducted by the Federation of State Medical Boards, said the board could improve how it protects the public, adding that some changes would require legislation. The board should implement a system through its database for assigning high, medium or low priority to investigate cases that suggest risk to the public, then track those actions, according to the audit, released in December 2003.
To deal with an increase in malpractice claims, the audit said state legislators should re-establish a screening panel that reviewed patient complaints.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/01/26/prbf0126.htm.