Although the number of medical licenses taken away in 2010 was up 4.5% over 2009, the total number of disciplinary actions taken by state medical boards fell 1.2%, according to the Federation of State Medical Boards' annual summary (PDF) of state board actions.
More medical licenses taken away, fewer disciplinary actions in 2010, FSMB finds
According to the report, which compiles the disciplinary actions taken by 70 state medical and osteopathic boards, 1,815 physicians and other medical professionals had their licenses revoked, suspended or mandatorily retired in 2010, compared with 1,736 in 2009.
State boards took 5,652 total disciplinary actions—including probations ordered, licenses modified, or penalties and reprimands issued—in 2010, compared with 5,721 in 2009, according to the federation's summary.
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