Missouri legislation targets physician discipline

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Aug. 1, 2011

Print  |   Email  |   Respond  |   Reprints  |   Like Facebook  |   Share Twitter  |   Tweet Linkedin

A new Missouri law gives the board that licenses and regulates physicians reinforced authority to quickly discipline doctors deemed a danger to the health, safety or welfare of patients.

It also will make it easier for individuals to obtain information about a physician's professional and disciplinary history. Gov. Jay Nixon signed House Bill 265 into law on July 13 (link). The legislation takes effect Aug. 28.

The law requires the State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts to make public professional and disciplinary history on doctors and other health professionals who are either licensed by the board or applying for licensure. It requires the board to hold a hearing to determine whether to take emergency action against a physician -- such as a license suspension or placing restrictions on practice -- for ethical violations, including having sexual contact with a patient or minor, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, or drug or alcohol abuse.

Note: This item originally appeared at

Back to top



Read story

Confronting bias against obese patients

Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity. Read story

Read story


American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story

Read story

Policing medical practice employees after work

Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story

Read story

Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change

The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story

Read story

Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story

Read story

How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story

Read story

Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story

Read story

Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story

  • Stay informed
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • RSS
  • LinkedIn