Immediate termination of membership will be enforced for the following violations:
- Being impaired by alcohol, drugs, physical or mental disability.
- Abandoning or neglecting a patient in need of immediate care.
- Promoting the sale of services, goods, appliances or drugs in a manner that exploits the patient.
- Refusing to provide medical care due to race, color, creed or ethnic origin. Guaranteeing a cure.
- Guaranteeing a cure.
- Performing professional services not authorized by the patient.
- Willfully harassing, abusing or intimidating a patient.
- Ordering excessive tests or treatments.
- Failing to make patient records available to a patient or another physician on request.
- Permitting unlicensed persons to perform activities that require a license.
- Practicing the profession with a suspended or inactive license.
- Revealing personally identifiable facts, data or information without consent of the patient, except as authorized or required by law.
- Permitting another to share in the fees for professional services, except as authorized or required by law.
- Failing to maintain a record for each patient which accurately reflects his or her medical evaluation.
- Telemarketing surgical procedures.
What Complaints are Not Misconduct?
Many of the complaints reported arise from failed communication. Typically, these do not constitute misconduct, but they do point out basic problems in the doctor/ patient relationship that, if left uncorrected, ultimately could lead to serious problems.
Complaints regarding fees generally are not under the jurisdiction of the IAHRS unless they represent fraud. For example, it would be considered fraud if a physician charged for tests or services not provided. A patient may feel a physician charged too much for the services received, but that does not form the basis of a misconduct action.
Complaints about a physician’s communication skills, attitude or “bedside manner” are also not generally under the jurisdiction of the IAHRS. Neither does the organization have any authority over office practice issues such as long waiting times or rude staff. However, the willful harassment, abuse or intimidation of a patient, either physically or verbally, does constitute misconduct.