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.
GCMB announces emergency practice permit plan ahead of Hurricane Irma
ATLANTA – The Georgia Composite Medical Board announced today that it may approve and issue “emergency practice permits” to physicians who wish to practice medicine during disaster relief efforts if Hurricane Irma affects Georgia. Ahead of the storm, Gov. Nathan Deal has already issued states of emergency for 30 Georgia counties.
Authority for an emergency practice permit derives from GCMB Rule 360-2-.13, which states that “during an event for which the Governor of the State of Georgia has issued an executive order declaring a disaster or a state of emergency, the Board may waive some of the licensure requirements in order to permit the provision of emergency health services to the public.”
Before practicing medicine in Georgia under this provision, the applicant must receive the Board’s approval of the following:
- an application for this emergency practice permit (see below),
- proof of current and unrestricted licensure in another state,
- copy of a valid government-issued photo ID,
- and a current National Practitioner’s Data Bank Report
All permits issued under this provision shall be valid for 90 days or until the statement of emergency or disaster has been lifted by the governor, whichever comes first.
To submit completed application or for more information about the emergency practice permit during Hurricane Irma, please contact the Executive Director LaSharn Hughes at email@example.com.