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Behaviors that can lead to license suspension for physicians

On Behalf of | May 19, 2023 | Professional License Defense |

Physicians in Mississippi bear the responsibility of delivering quality healthcare while upholding the highest ethical and professional standards. Understanding the behaviors that can result in license suspension is crucial for maintaining patient trust and safety.

Learn about some of the actions and behaviors that can potentially lead to the loss of a physician’s license in Mississippi.

Professional misconduct

Physicians who engage in professional misconduct face severe consequences that can lead to license suspension. Such behaviors include involvement in fraudulent activities, dishonesty, unethical practices or actions that violate the Mississippi Medical Practice Act or the American Medical Association’s Code of Medical Ethics.

Incompetence or negligence

Physicians must provide competent and responsible medical care. Demonstrating incompetence or negligence that jeopardizes patient safety, such as misdiagnosis, improper treatment or failure to adhere to standard medical protocols, can result in disciplinary action and potential license suspension.

Substance abuse or impairment

Physicians struggling with substance abuse or impairment not only endanger their own well-being but also compromise patient safety. Substance abuse, addiction or practicing medicine while impaired can lead to disciplinary measures and potential license revocation.

Fraudulent billing

Engaging in financial misconduct can significantly impact a physician’s license. Fraudulent billing includes billing for services not provided, overbilling, kickbacks or any deceptive financial practices that undermine the integrity of the healthcare system.

Conviction of a serious crime

Committing serious crimes, especially those that raise concerns about their character, integrity or ability to provide quality care, can jeopardize a physician’s license. Criminal activities involving moral turpitude, fraud or offenses that undermine public trust can result in disciplinary action and potential license revocation.

Maintaining strict adherence to ethical and professional standards is paramount for physicians in Mississippi to ensure patient safety and preserve the integrity of the medical profession.