MDs, IBCLCs, and other licensed healthcare providers practice with an ever-present fear they will be sued for their even-excellent care. Yet lawsuits are not filed anywhere near as frequently as clinicians imagine. It is far more likely a practitioner will have a complaint filed against them at their licensing or certification board. The customary rules of due process that we expect in a lawsuit do NOT apply in an administrative law-governed licensing/certification board hearing. Professional liability insurance may not cover legal representation. This session will describe the basics of the disciplinary process for healthcare providers, IBCLC certificants, and typical physician state licensing boards in the USA. We will explore professional behaviors that give rise to a disciplinary complaint, and how to respond if one finds themselves the subject of a complaint.
At end of this E-CERPs-eligible session, the learner will be able to:
- Identify 3 differences in rights for clinicians who are (a) sued in court, or (b) the subject of a disciplinary or ethics complaint at a licensing or certification board
- Describe procedures used by the Ethics & Discipline Committee of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners to conduct disciplinary proceedings
- Define the 2 most common reasons for a healthcare provider to be the subject of a lawsuit or licensing board complaint.