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EDUCATION:
Medical School: After receiving an undergraduate degree, all physicians must complete an additional four years of medical school. Upon graduation from medical school, Physicians receive either a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree. Source – American Medical Association (AMA)

Degree: Source – American Medical Association (AMA)

Other: This contains information about additional education such as residencies, fellowships and other degrees. Source - Physician

BOARD CERTIFICATION:After completing their graduate medical education, some Doctors of Medicine (MD) and Doctors of Osteopathy (DO) become certified by a specialty board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). To be certified, physician specialists have to complete an approved educational program. They also go through an evaluation process which includes a test designed to measure the knowledge, skills and experience of the physician in that specialty. The American Medical Association has stated: "decisions regarding staff appointments should be based upon the training, experience, and demonstrated competence of candidates and not exclusively upon the presence or absence of board certification; and that third party payors not exclude non-board certified physicians as a class from participation in their programs, without regard to individual training, experience, and current competence." Source – Physician; Verified by ISMA

PRACTICE LIMITED TO: Source - Physician

FOREIGN LANGUAGES SPOKEN: Languages, other than English, spoken in the physician’s office. Source - Physician

DOES PHYSICIAN ACCEPT MEDICARE/MEDICAID?:This only indicates payment is accepted by the physician from these sources. Source -Physician

MEDICAL ASSOCIATIONS: All members of the ISMA must be members of their respective county medical society. Source – Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA)

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS: The physician is affiliated with each hospital indicated. Source - Physician

TYPE OF PRACTICE: The physician can be part of a group/partnership, hospital employee, other, or solo practice. Source - Physician

LICENSE INFORMATION: All physicians (MD and DO) practicing medicine in Indiana must hold a valid license issued by the Indiana Health Professions Bureau (HPB). The HPB may take various actions against a physician’s license when appropriate. This profile contains actions taken by
the HPB against a physician’s license for the past 10 years. These codes were selected as most appropriate for a physician’s profile:

Action Definition
Closed File Used whenever a practitioner’s file was closed. If a temporary license was issued, the file is closed when a permanent license is received
Emergency Suspension Immediately suspends a practitioner’s license pending an investigation
Interim Order Used in the past as an emergency suspension until charges were filed and a final hearing held (rarely used today)
Litigation Pending Entered as soon as charges are filed by the attorney general’s office or an emergency suspension is entered
Previous Action Refers to any previous action against a practitioner’s license
Probation Status Indicates a license issued on a probationary basis
Reprimand Letter Indicates a letter of reprimand was issued following a hearing
Revoked

Indicates a revoked license, effective for 7 years from the date of revocation

Suspended Indicates license was suspended
Voluntary Surrender Means the practitioner voluntarily surrendered a license
Source – Health Professions Bureau


MALPRACTICE INFORMATION:
Indiana malpractice settlements are governed by the Indiana Compensation Act for Patients (INCAP), which goes back more than 25 years when many physicians were exiting Indiana due to skyrocketing malpractice rates. Then Indiana physicians made a pact: In return for affordable malpractice insurance rates, they promised to make funds available for people truly injured by medical malpractice. ISMA members want to maintain Indiana’s reputation as an attractive state for physicians to practice. Such a professional climate ensures an ample supply of physicians, specialists and subspecialists to care for the state’s citizens.

When considering malpractice data, please remember:

  • This report reflects data for the last 10 years of a physician’s practice or total years of practice if less than 10 years. Consider the length of time in the practice when reviewing malpractice information.
  • Some physicians work primarily with high-risk patients. These physicians may have higher than average malpractice histories because they treat many more high-risk or complicated patients.
  • Settlement of a claim may occur for a variety of reasons that do not necessarily reflect negatively on the professional competence or conduct of the physician. Payments to settle medical malpractice actions or claims should not be construed as evidence of medical malpractice.

Source - Indiana Department of Insurance - Patient’s Compensation Fund

 

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