Wednesday, December 15, 2004
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.