In addition to the licensing of physicians the Board reviews and investigates grievances filed against these individuals. The Board reviews grievances of professional misconduct, standard of care, moral turpitude and practice irregularities, which may include the inappropriate prescribing of controlled substances.
The primary sources of the Board's grievances come from consumers, hospitals, government agencies, physicians and healthcare professionals. After the grievance is reviewed and investigated, it is presented to a Board Inquiry/Hearing Panel for review. These Panels meet eight times during the year. If the matter cannot be resolved through an informal process, the matter may be referred to a formal hearing to determine the facts, and whether disciplinary action is warranted.