FAKE AGENT CALLS
The Board Staff has received several phone calls from multiple licensees stating that someone is calling pretending to be an agent of the Medical Board and trying to obtain personal information. These calls are scams. Information regarding your licensure number, issue date, expiration date, and address of record is available on the Board’s website. Your NPI number is also available on the Internet. The Board would not contact you by phone to obtain your personal information. We would contact you to set up a time that you can contact us and give you a valid call back number or schedule an in person meeting. The Board is located in Atlanta, GA and all phone numbers from the Board will have Atlanta area codes. (404, 470, 678 or 770) If you receive a call like this please do not give any personal information and disconnect the call. If you need any additional information, please contact Jonathan McGehee, Director of Investigations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board Responds to Hurricane Matthew, Authorizes Temporary Licenses for Physicians of Affected Patients
The Georgia Composite Medical Board announced yesterday during its October meeting that temporary licenses would be approved and issued to physicians licensed in good standing in Florida or South Carolina whose patients were evacuated to Georgia.
The authority for the action is granted by O.C.G.A. § 43-34-32, which states: “The executive director, with the approval of the chairperson of the board, may in his or her discretion issue a temporary license to an applicant, which license shall have the same force and effect as a permanent license until the next regular meeting of the board when the temporary license shall become void.”
Physicians licensed in good standing in Florida or South Carolina whose patients are evacuated to Georgia as a result of Hurricane Matthew will be issued the temporary license upon making application for Georgia licensure. The physician should email email@example.com to notify the Board of his or her need to care for his or her patients while they are temporarily relocated to Georgia. The temporary license will become void November 4, 2016, the date of the next regular meeting of the Board. A physician who has been issued a temporary license under these specific circumstances will be permitted to withdraw his or her application without penalty after the disaster.
Note: To apply online (the quickest way to file an application), go to https://versa.medicalboard.georgia.gov/datamart/gadchMainMenu.do, log in, and file an application for Physician license.