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Maintaining Your Georgia Composite Board Physician Profile

April 24, 2015

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Did you know that you may be required to report a medical malpractice judgment or settlement to the Georgia Composite Board of Medicine (the “Board”) to be included in your online physician profile?  Many physicians may not be aware of this law, but certain settlement or judgments awarded in a medical malpractice case or claim must be reported to the Board, by the physician, within ten days of the event.  While your medical malpractice insurance company may be required to report the payment of a judgment or settlement to the Board, Georgia law also states that a physician must report the following:

  • Final medical malpractice court judgments or medical malpractice arbitration awards entered on or after April 11, 2001, in which payment in excess of $100,000.00 is awarded against the physician to the complaining party.  No such medical malpractice court judgments or medical malpractice arbitration awards which occurred more than ten years prior to the date of the profile shall be included in any physician profile.
  • Medical malpractice settlements entered on or after April 11, 2001, including the monetary amount of each such settlement, in which payment in excess of $300,000.00 is made by or on behalf of and attributable to the physician to the complaining party. No such settlement which occurred more than ten years prior to the date of the profile shall be included in any physician profile.
  • Medical malpractice settlements entered on or after April 11, 2001, including the monetary amount of each such settlement, if three medical malpractice settlements have been made by or on behalf of and attributable to the physician to the complaining party and payment in excess of $100,000.00 has been made in any one or more of such settlements.  No such settlement which occurred more than ten years prior to the date of the profile shall be included in any physician profile nor shall any such settlement be included for the purpose of determining whether three medical malpractice settlements have been made by or on behalf of and attributable to the physician.
  • All medical malpractice settlements entered on or after April 11, 2001, including the monetary amount of each such settlement, if four or more medical malpractice settlements have been made by or on behalf of and attributable to the physician to the complaining party, regardless of the amount of the payment made by or on behalf of and attributable to the physician in any such settlement.  No such settlement which occurred more than ten years prior to the date of the profile shall be included in any physician profile nor shall any such settlement be included for the purpose of determining whether four or more medical malpractice settlements have been made by or on behalf of and attributable to the physician.

See O.C.G.A. § 43-34A-3; http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/gacode/Default.asp.

There are additional events and circumstances which are required by law to be reported to the Board and which will be included in your physician profile.  Please see the statute cited above or review the link to determine exactly what your reporting obligations are. 

 

Disclaimer

The information provided in this resource does not constitute legal, medical or any other professional advice, nor does it establish a standard of care. This resource has been created as an aid to you in your practice. The ultimate decision on how to use the information provided rests solely with you, the PolicyOwner.

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