In fact, Wolfe says, 70% of the disciplinary actions "are merely reprimands and slaps on the wrist and in our view not serious. There was (usually) no revocation or (license) surrender. And when you look to see what the doctors actually did, it turns out it was pretty serious."
In an introduction to the FSMB report, however, the federation's president and CEO Humayun Chaudhry, DO, cautioned against using the new state-by-state disciplinary actions to compare states.
"Because states operate with different financial resources, levels of autonomy, legal constraints and staffing levels, the FSMB discourages using data from this report to compare or rank states," he wrote.
The reasons for the increase are unclear, says Lisa Robin, the federation's chief advocacy officer. However she offered some possibilities.
In the last two or three years, many states have adopted a new certification program to better train and accredit their investigators to prepare better cases that help the boards and their attorneys make solid cases.