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Journal of Medical Regulation
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The United States Constitution established and the Supreme Court has affirmed the proper role of states in regulating medicine throughout American history. However, the opportunities and mounting pressures of modern medical practice have called into question the viability of state-based regulation to address the increasing practice of physicians across state lines. In the free feature article of this issue of the Journal of Medical Regulation, author Blake Maresh, MPA, Executive Director of the Washington Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, argues that the crossroads at which state medical boards find themselves provides an opportunity for an interstate compact as the best solution for adapting to the forces of current and future trends.

In other articles in the issue:

  • In “Medical Board Complaints against Physicians Due to Communication: Analysis of North Carolina Medical Board Data, 2002–2012,” authors Phil Davignon, PhD, Aaron Young, PhD, and David Johnson, MA, focus on complaints against physicians licensed by the North Carolina board to determine the extent to which communication issues contribute to complaints against physicians. An analysis of this data reveals that physician complaints based on communication issues are consistently the most prevalent reason for complaints against physicians in the state of North Carolina. In addition, communication-based complaints account for more than one in five complaints made against North Carolina physicians. These results are discussed in light of their implications for the field of medicine as it seeks to improve patient care.


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