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Are boards too easy on doctors who overprescribe?

2016-11-21_15-58-24The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette took the Minnesota medical board to task for its 20-year failure to suspend a doctor known to excessively prescribe narcotics. A  June 3, 2016 article outlined how the physician, James Wasemiller, escaped serious discipline despite many warning signs.

The board, in its defense, said that it did not have a policy of “micro-managing” physicians’ prescribing patterns, but would consider following Centers for Disease Control guidelines in the future.

Wasemiller was finally suspended not because of his drug prescribing, but because he failed to follow a board order that he join a group practice rather than practice solo.

Full story by Maia R. Silber via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette