California MD license revocations hit 10-year high

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 - 4:55 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 - 8:41 am

The California Medical Board revoked 58 medical licenses during the 2013 fiscal year and 80 more doctors decided to give up their licenses instead of fighting accusations against them, new state figures show.

That's the highest number of revocations and surrenders in the last decade -- and about 35 percent higher than the average for the last 10 years.

Asked about the increase, medical board spokeswoman Cassandra Hockenson said, "This year we added a 'Prescription Drug Strike Force' that specifically looks into physicians who are alleged illegally prescribing controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose ... Our burden of proof is “clear and convincing evidence” which is a high standard to meet."

Fraud, gross negligence and inappropriate prescribing accounted for about half of the license revocations and surrenders finalized by the board during the 2013 fiscal year.

These charts and map show trends in medical license surrenders over the last several years.

Source: California Medical Board

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