Georgia medical board dismisses most complaints without taking disciplinary action

(The Center Square) — The Georgia Composite Medical Board routinely dismisses an overwhelming majority of the complaints it receives, but unreliable data make it challenging to say precisely how many cases it closes without taking action.

Additionally, investigators at the agency potentially handle hundreds of cases annually, seemingly leaving them with little time to investigate the volume of complaints.

The Center Square’s findings this spring align with a November 2020 state audit that warned the agency “lacks controls to ensure that reported complaints are sufficiently investigated.” It also revealed Georgia’s disciplinary rate was lower than six other states reviewed as part of the state audit.

Compounding an annual comparison, the board’s annual reports seemingly characterize case adjudications differently from one year to the next, and the 2016 report was not posted on the agency’s website and was not available for inspection.

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