HealthLawProf Blog

Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Criminals in the Profession?

The AMA reports on the increasing use of fingerprint and criminal background checks by state licensing boards as a way to increase patient safety.  Currently there are at least twelve (12) states that mandate such background checks and several other states are considering adopting such a requirement.  The AMA does not have an official position on the criminal background checks.  The article does not make it clear how many physicians have been disqualified due to criminal misdeeds.


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