Maine physician licensing board criticized in new report

Posted Dec. 30, 2010, at 6:24 p.m.

A new report from the Reporting on Health project at the University of Southern  California’s Annenberg School of Journalism faults Maine’s Board of Licensure in Medicine for  making it “unnecessarily cumbersome to gain access to even the limited information it has on file” regarding disciplinary actions taken against the physicians it regulates.

The “Doctors Behaving Badly” report examines public access to physician disciplinary records in all 50 states — information available to reporters, policymakers and health care consumers, among others. In Maine, reporter William Heisel tracked the disciplinary history of southern Maine psychiatrist Reynaldo de los Heros, whose multi-state record includes substance abuse problems, a conviction on charges of Medicaid fraud, and loss of licensure in four other states.

“Why is the paper trail for de los Heros so hard to find? His case serves as a reminder to both consumers and reporters that it is never enough just to check one medical board for a physician’s history,” Heisel writes. “The [Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine] has taken at least five actions against de los Hero’s license since 2006, but only the documents related to the latest action can be found on the board’s website. All of the details about the case are kept secret.”

Read about the Maine case and link to the full report here.

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