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Disciplinary Actions
A listing of disciplinary or corrective measures taken by the 29 professional licensing boards and commissions, Charitable Organizations and Notaries Public.
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Philadelphia Abortion Clinic Investigation Prompts Policy Changes

Protecting the public health and safety is a top priority for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.  During their first week in office, Governor Tom Corbett and Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele were confronted with a tragic situation that challenged this important premise.

This situation involved the Women’s Medical Society and Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia.  As the grand jury report on this case noted, this abortion clinic which was operated by Gosnell for almost four decades revealed a horrific reality:  babies lost their lives there, and women who came to this facility were harmed and greatly mistreated, resulting in additional loss of life.

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Duty To Warn In Pennsylvania

Understanding the Physician’s Legal Obligation to Prevent the Spread of Communicable Diseases to Third Parties Within the Foreseeable Orbit of Risk

Author: Steven J. Alles, MD MS MFA

Physicians who practice in Pennsylvania diagnose and treat patients with infectious diseases regularly.  Understanding the route of transmission, period of communicability, incubation period, and treatment options for many pathogens are part of standard medical training and practice.  It is well-described that most infectious organisms can be spread to others through common human activities, and that certain populations may be at increased risk of exposure and adverse health outcomes.  Currently, there is no statutory regulation in Pennsylvania that addresses a physician’s duty to warn patients about the potential transmission of their communicable illnesses to protect third parties.  However, there have been cases decided by the Supreme and Superior Courts in Pennsylvania who found that physicians do in fact have a duty to protect third parties within the foreseeable orbit of risk of harm, thus establishing common law precedence. 

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AMA Issues Recommendations for Physician Re-Entry Programs

In an effort to boost physician supply in the United States, the American Medical Association (AMA) developed recommendations for a coordinated national approach for physician re-entry into clinical practice.

The AMA collaborated with the Federation of State Medical Boards, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and other stakeholders—including leaders in licensure, board certification and medical education, and directors of re-entry programs—to develop the recommendations. According to the AMA, current re-entry programs lack standardized curricula and an officially recognized accreditation process.

Medical Resident Taxes

The U.S. Supreme Court—in a unanimous opinion—upheld a Treasury Department rule that full-time medical residents are full-time employees, and they must pay Social Security taxes because they perform at least 40 hours a week of supervised patient care.

Nationwide, the amount of Social Security taxes levied each year for medical residents is estimated at $700 million.  alternate languages. 

PA Department of Health Information

The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Bureau of Epidemiology is producing a quarterly newsletter with important information for physicians.  The newsletter is available at www.health.state.pa.us/epinotes.


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