The Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) has received complaints from members who were not able to quickly determine whether medical board investigators were legitimate. In turn, the OSMA has reached out to the State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) urging them to create a mechanism that would allow a physician (or office staff members) to quickly verify that a medical board investigator who contacts the practice by phone is actually an agent of the SMBO.
Both the SMBO staff and an agent of the FBI have confirmed that impersonation fraud is unfortunately on the rise.
Have family medicine practices experienced this problem? If so, please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org.