Newsmakers: Medical Examining Board Chair Sheldon Wasserman, M.D.
The failure to rewrite decades-old rules and disciplinary standards for Wisconsin physicians, nurses and other medical professionals means that some of them are providing "toilet bowl" care, the chairperson of the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board said in a Newsmakers interview on Sept. 19. Dr. Sheldon Wasserman said Wisconsin and Wyoming are the two states with the lowest standards that allow foreign-trained physicians to practice, for example, and there is no requirement that medical professionals being investigated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration notify state regulators. Wasserman said the 12-member Examining Board hopes to develop a complete new conduct code for the 3,000 medical professionals it regulates by November. It would then be up to Gov. Scott Walker and lawmakers in the 2013-14 session to enact it into law.