- Board hid investigators’ actual caseload with fake data for Auditor
- Examiners, state boards rethinking traditional use of practical exams, scored exams, and live patients
- Default discipline of licensee who sent rebuttal letter prior to filing of disciplinary charges is valid
- Law does not waive sovereign immunity for constitutional claims unless they involve challenge of a state statute
- U.S. court restores emergency health law authorizing discipline of physicians performing abortions
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, in a January 8 ruling, struck down a decision by the state’s medical board to impose a mandatory 5-10-year waiting period for license reinstatement by a doctor suspended for violations of Pennsylvania’s Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act. The statutory scheme relied on by the board, the court held, was confusing and contradictory, and the issue decided in the case was similar to that of another recent decision, McGrath v. Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs
, which involved the discipline of nursing licensees under the Act.
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