BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - An audit of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) found several flaws in the board’s way of monitoring and reporting suspended and expired licenses, restrictions, and requirements.
"We found that LSBME has not developed a formal process to ensure enforcement decisions are consistent and appropriate for the violations being investigated," the Louisiana Legislative Auditor reports.
According to the audit, LSBME did not report 10 licensees to a national data bank whose licenses were either suspended, not renewed after they expired, or relinquished as a result of an investigation. Reporting such things to the National Practitioners Data Bank is required by federal law.
The auditor’s office says they also found the Board does not track and monitor licensees who have “verbal agreements or other restrictions on their practice," and did not ensure that individuals with expired licenses were not practicing.