Monday, February 27, 2012

Bad outcomes, Bad consequences in Texas

On Tuesday Feb 21 I listed one of the ways for dealing with treating physicians that do not "get it" was to Pursue Legally.  Coincidentally, two days after that the Texas Medical Board announced the discipline of 58 physicians.  The most prominent was the revocation of the medical license for Rosemary Ann Stogre in Houston, who allegedly continued to prescribe controlled substances after surrendering her DEA and DPS privileges and one of her patients died as a result of misuse of prescription drugs (some of the drugs were prescribed by Dr. Stogre).  The (formerly Doctor) Stogre did not respond to the complaint, therefore the allegations are deemed true.

Overall, a large number of those were sanctioned for inappropriate prescribing behaviors or poor pain management practices:
  • 2 of the 6 who voluntarily surrendered their licenses
  • 17 of the 25 who had quality of care issues
  • 1 of the 2 who were issued a cease and desist order from practicing medicine
  • 1 of the 2 who were engaged in criminal behavior
I know all states have a process for review, but they only know of physicians who do not follow best practices and/or have poor outcomes when reported.  There must be accountability, and we all must be the sentinels.

In this together – Mark

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