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Complaints

The WSMA supports legislation, rulemaking or administrative action that would enable informal discussion and disposition of a complaint at a level below a reportable threshold. (EC Rpt B, A-01) (Reaffirmed A-17)

The WSMA believes that complaints filed against a physician should not be disclosed to the public until the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) files formal charges and that any such information disclosed to the public or to organizations must be accurate. (EC Rpt H, A-96) (Reaffirmed A-17)

The WSMA supports appropriate legislative or administrative action which would require the state to provide access to all of the substantive information except the identity of a complainant contained in the investigative file. (EC Rpt H, A-97) (Reaffirmed A-17)

The WSMA supports appropriate legislative or administrative action which would provide penalties against those who file malicious complaints against physicians. (EC Rpt H, A-97) (Reaffirmed A-17)

The WSMA supports appropriate legislative or administrative action which would require that complaints which could not be substantiated be dismissed and not be allowed to be re-opened and added on to subsequent allegations. (EC Rpt H, A-97) (Reaffirmed A-17)


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Abbreviations for House of Delegates report origination:

EC – Executive Committee; BT – Board of Trustees; CPA – Council on Professional Affairs; JC – Judicial Council; CHS – Community and Health Services

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