Maryland Board of Physicians
4201 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: 800.492.6836 or 410.764.4777
The http://www.mbp.state.md.us/pages/phs_assi.html is the agency of the state with the authority to decide who practices medicine in Maryland, and to discipline licensees who violate the Maryland Medical Practice Act. It consists of 21 members, 13 of which are practicing M.D.s 1 who is a practicing D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy), 1 who is a PA-C (Physician Assistant - Certified), and 6 who are consumer members not related to a medical field. Of the Board members, one is chosen from a list supplied by Maryland medical schools (Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland Medical School), one is appointed by the Secretary of DHMH, one from a list supplied by the Maryland Hospital Association, and two are appointed by the governor. The remainder are appointed by the governor from a list of nominations voted on by all physicians in the state who are interested. The Board members may serve no more than two consecutive 4 year terms. The Chairman is voted on by the members of the Board. MPB is a department under the Secretary of Health Mental Hygiene, which also includes the Boards of Nursing, Pharmacy and Therapists among others.
The Board licenses or certifies the following practitioners:
- Physician assistants
- Medical radiation
- Radiation oncology/therapy technologists
- Nuclear medical technologists
- Respiratory care practitioners
- Polysomnographic technologists
Monthly meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1:00 PM. Here the Board votes on recommendations of the Physician Assistant Advisory Committee regarding proposed regulations and scope of practice through individual delegation agreements. Portions of the Board meeting are open to the public. On review of the PA Advisory Committee's recommendation, the Board may approve, modify or deny a request for certification or delegation agreement. When the Board votes to reject a job description or request for certification, the applicant shall be given the opportunity for a hearing before the Board. Additionally, the Board must provide a written explanation of the Board's reasons for rejection or modification to the Committee.
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 can answer questions about a licensee's credentials and training and can let you know if the Board has disciplined the licensee.
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 a 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.