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State investigates complaints against doctors

Last month D.E.A. agents raided a Hoover pain clinic. No criminal charges have been filed at this point, but the clinic's physician has surrendered her license to prescribe controlled substances. Elizabeth Campbell Korcz, M.D. was already under investigation by a state agency.

Alabama's 14,000 doctors are licensed and monitored by the Medical Licensure Commission and Board of Medical Examiners. "The law says our job is patient safety and wellness," explains Norris Green, Executive Director of the Board of Medical Examiners.

Right now the state is monitoring 121 physicians for things like substance abuse or requirements for additional training. Last year the agency logged 303 complaints and opened 143 formal investigations. Another 100 cases are pending from prior years. Complaints come from patients, family members, pharmacists and even other doctors according to Green.

He says the investigations are extensive and a number of cases are resolved without formal investigations. If it goes further, the case goes before a panel of doctors in a trial like hearing which is not open to the public.

Patients can find the board's actions on their website, but many details of the investigation may not be made shared. If you would like to look up a doctor, go to this website:

http://www.albme.org/

To search: go to the consumer tab, look up a licensee, then click on the blue box to the right searchable licensee database ENTER, type in the name, scroll down to public file and click on that.

***The website's data is being updated this week so you may have to wait a few days to search.

Patients can also use the site to file complaints. You may also call the office in Montgomery.

The agency's latest publication with recent actions on page 7:

http://www.albme.org/Documents/Newsletters/2017V32No2.pdf

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