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Maryland Board of Physicians
4201 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: 800.492.6836 or 410.764.4777
The Maryland Board of Physicians (or MBP), is the agency of the state with the authority to license to practice medicine in Maryland, and to discipline licensees who violate the Maryland Medical Practice Act. It licenses or certifies the following practitioners:
2) physician assistants
3) medical radiation, radiation oncology/therapy technologists and nuclear medical technologists
4) respiratory care practitioners
MBP is a department under the Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene
In addition to establishing qualifications for licensure, the Board is responsible for investigating complaints against licensees and for taking action against the license of those who fail to maintain Maryland's high standards of medical care delivery or who break the laws governing licensure.
WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE BOARD? THE BOARD'S MISSION is to protect the health and safety of the citizens of Maryland through strong enforcement of licensure standards for physicians and allied health providers; and through an effective disciplinary program.
WHAT SERVICE DOES THE BOARD PROVIDE? The Board provides two principal types of consumer services: 1) information on licensing and 2) information about licensees who have been charged or sanctioned for violation of the Maryland Medical Practice Act. The Medical Practice Act is the statute which outlines the grounds for discipline and gives the Board the authority to enforce the statute.
The Board does not act as a physician referral service. But, the Board can answer questions about a licensee's credentials and training and can let you know if the licensee has been disciplined by the Board.
In an effort to prevent misconduct, the Board operates a speakers' bureau and conducts educational programs/training sessions on certain high risk behavioral areas. The Board also publishes a quarterly newsletter. The newsletter contains a lead article of topical interest to the medical community as well as information about actions or sanctions taken by the Board.
WHAT KIND OF COMPLAINTS RESULT IN DISCIPLINE? Patients often become upset about the medical care that they receive when they feel that they have been treated rudely or been made to wait too long. Often, they feel that they have been overcharged for the quality of the service they have received. As the Board reviews complaints, the physician or health care provider usually will be informed of a complaint and may be asked to respond to the allegation. Often, after hearing by the Board, the physician or health care provider and the patient are able to come to a resolution of the matter. A typical complaint resolved in this fashion might deal with the prompt release of medical records or the cost of copying the record.
The Board takes disciplinary action when an individual violates the Maryland Medical Practice Act in a manner determined by the Board to warrant prosecution.
The following are some of the more serious infractions that lead to the Board placing restrictions on a licensee or even revoking a license to practice in Maryland.
Misuse of alcohol or drugs
Sexual contact with patients
Conviction of a criminal act
Prescribing addictive drugs without a bona fide medical indication
Accepting money or other consideration in return for patient referrals
Practicing without a license or aiding others to do so
Providing substandard care.
2001, 2002, 2003 Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants, Inc.|