Colorado doctor disciplinary actions on the rise

The Colorado Board of Medical Examiners disciplined 190 doctors last year, 47 more than the year before.

Of that total, 52 lost their licenses and 32 had them restricted. Another 80 received reprimands or penalties related to unethical or illegal actions.

The information was gathered by the Federation of State Medical Boards, who reports that nationwide 5,721 doctors were disciplined last year, an increase of 342 from 2008.

Colorado has 17,343 licensed doctors, with 13,255 practicing in the state.

“The data serves a barometer that can signal significant changes in a medical board’s disciplinary activity level,” said spokesman Drew Carlson. “Changes in a board’s funding, staffing levels, changes in law and many other factors can impact the number of actions taken by a board.

Total actions in Colorado:
2005: 153
2006: 152
2007: 166
2008: 145
2009: 192

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3 Responses to Colorado doctor disciplinary actions on the rise

  1. How many, if any in Colorado Springs?

    William P. Murray
    April 6, 2010 at 12:09 pm

  2. I know a few other doctor’s who SHOULD have had disciplenary actions but didn’t… The health care system is in HUGE trouble! The good doctor’s who know what they are doing are being scared off by the insurance premiums they have to pay while the crappy doctors somehow are staying put. I believe it is about reputation. The good doctor’s don’t want a frivolous lawsuit to destroy them and the crap doctor’s don’t care!

    I too am interested in how many in Colorado Springs!

    April 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm

  3. According to the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners, 14 doctors in Colorado Springs were disciplined from Jan. 2009 to Feb. 2010. A complete listing of monthly actions is available

    Amy Gillentine
    April 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm