Unprofessional conduct

Medical Licensure Commission Rule 545-X-4-.06 defines unprofessional conduct and provides examples:

Unprofessional conduct shall mean the commission or omission of any act that is detrimental or harmful to the patient of the physician or detrimental or harmful to the health, safety, and welfare of the public, and which violates the high standards of honesty, diligence, prudence and ethical integrity demanded from physicians and osteopaths licensed to practice in the State of Alabama. Furthermore, without limiting the definition of unprofessional conduct in any manner, the Commission sets out the below as examples of unprofessional conduct:

(1) The refusal by a physician to comply, within a reasonable time, with a request from another physician for medical records or medical information when such request is accompanied by a properly executed authorization of the patient.

(2) Intentionally, knowingly or willfully causing or permitting a false or misleading representation of a material fact to be entered on any medical record of a patient.

(3) Intentionally, knowingly or willfully preparing, executing or permitting the preparation by another of a false or misleading report or statement concerning the medical condition or extent of disability of a patient.

(4) The prescribing, dispensing, administering, supplying or otherwise distributing of any Schedule II amphetamine and/or Schedule II amphetaminelike anorectic drug in violation of Code of Ala. 1975, 20-2-54, as amended in Action No. 83890, Special Session, 1983.

(5) The failure to report to the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners any final judgment rendered against such physician or surgeon during the preceding year or any settlement in or out of court during the preceding year, resulting from a claim or action for damages for personal injuries caused by an error, omission or negligence in the performance of his professional services without consent as required by Code of Ala. 1975, 34-24-56.

(6) The refusal or failure by a physician or osteopath to comply with an order entered by the Medical Licensure Commission or by the Board of Medical Examiners issued pursuant to Code of Ala. 1975, Section 3424360(19) or (20) or pursuant to Code of Ala. 1975, Section 34-24-361(h).

(7) Intentionally or knowingly making a false, deceptive or misleading statement in any advertisement or commercial solicitation for professional services and/or intentionally or knowingly making a false, deceptive or misleading statement about another physician or group of physicians in any advertisement or commercial solicitation for professional services.

(8) Failure or refusal of a J1 physician to comply with waiver service requirements stated in the J1 Visa Waiver Affidavit and Agreement signed by a J1 physician.

(9) Conduct which is immoral and which is willful, shameful, and which shows a moral indifference to the standards and opinions of the community.

(10) Conduct which is dishonorable and which shows a disposition to lie, cheat, or defraud.

(11) Failing or refusing to maintain adequate records on a patient or patients.

(12) Prescribing or dispensing a controlled substance to oneself or to one’s spouse, child, or parent, unless such prescribing or dispensing is necessitated by emergency or other exceptional circumstances.

(13) Signing a blank, undated or predated prescription form.

(14) Representing that a manifestly incurable disease or infirmity can be permanently cured, or that any disease, ailment or infirmity can be cured by a secret method, procedure, treatment, medicine or device, if such is not the fact.

(15) Refusing to divulge to the board or commission upon demand the means, method, procedure, modality of treatment, or medicine used in the treatment of a disease, injury, ailment or infirmity.

(16) Knowingly making any false or fraudulent statement, written or oral, in connection with the practice of medicine or osteopathy or in applying for privileges or renewing an application for privileges at a health care institution.

(17) Sexual misconduct in the practice of medicine as defined in Rule 545-X-4-.07.

(18) Representing or holding oneself out as a medical specialist when such is not the case.

(19) Failing to furnish information in a timely manner to the board or commission if requested by the board or commission.

(20) Failing to report to the board in a timely manner information required to be reported by Code of Ala. 1975, Section 34-24-361(b).

(21) Giving false testimony in any judicial or administrative proceeding.

(22) The violation of any rule promulgated by the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners or the Medical Licensure Commission pursuant to their rule making authority as set forth in the Alabama Administrative Procedures Act.

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