Here are ten things to do after you’ve been notified the Iowa Board of Medicine is investigating a complaint against you.
- Remain calm.
- Review the complaint or letter of inquiry very carefully. Put it down and then come back to it and re-read it.
- Review the patient’s chart in a quiet setting.
- After reviewing the patient chart make sure you understand what you did that led to the complaint.
- Review journal articles that discuss the procedures involved and consider any known complications and how you proceeded before you meet and discuss the complaint.
- While you should show the Board inquiry to your partners and office manager you should defer discussing it until you’ve reviewed the relevant records and sought the advice of an attorney.
- Plan to set aside between $15,000 to $25,000.00 to finance the litigation.
- Start to think about the identity of doctors (experts) with relevant knowledge, who can review the records and the medical care you provided. Do not call them to discuss the case, your attorney will contact them and seek relevant opinions.
- Seek the advice of a qualified attorney.
- Defer making a statement to the Iowa Board of Medicine’s examiner/investigator until you’ve had the time to do the above.
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