Illinois bill filed to require physician credential verification

02 Sep 2013 11:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Legislation which would require doctors to verify their academic, employment and disciplinary records through an independent provider before receiving a license to practice, has been filed in Illinois. State Representative Mary Flowers has introduced the proposed revision to the state's Medical Practice Act in the wake of the case of Dr. Anthony Garcia, who has been charged with the murder of four people, and who was able to hold a medical license despite failing to complete two residencies and being excluded from another program for "substandard" behavior. The bill would require the state to check with the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS), a service offered by theFederation of State Medical Boards. The state is also exploring requiring all Illinois residency programs to notify the regulator when a resident physician fails to complete a residency and the reason for this failure.

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