File an Ethics Complaint – I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore! • CERGM – By R Carter – Mar 2019
An option I don’t see discussed often, likely because it’s considered to have no teeth, is filing an ethics complaint with state medical boards and federal DHHS.
Many are concerned that doing so may make them a target, not so.
Ethics complaints are protected under both state and federal guidelines, the information can’t be released to a prescriber so there’s no way anyone could retaliate.
Given the frequency and wide occurrence of ethics violations, if everyone did, state and federal authorities would be compelled by law to investigate and eventually take action.
If nothing else, enough of them create data points in the system which compel policy makers at state and federal levels to also investigate.
My friend over at PharmacistSteve has posted on this topic as well. He recommends the following:
If your insurance is Medicare/Medicaid/Medicare Advantage:
You need to file a GRIEVANCE with www.cms.gov (800-MEDICARE) against anyone involved with you being denied care for any reason.
Policy makers will only take notice when we force them to do so.
Here are some attachments for filing a grievance at a federal level, which will get you started and answer most basic questions.
Here are some guidelines which will help you understand what an ethics violation is.
Finally, to file a grievance at a state level, go to the website for you State Medical Board. There you can obtain the appropriate form, some even allow filing your grievance online.
If you have questions you can always post your questions here in the Contact Us section of the website.