Indiana

State report card

The report card for each state contains the scores it received when we evaluated it for how well it protects patients against sexually abusive doctors. The overall rating is the average of the score the state received in each category. In states with two medical boards, one for osteopathic physicians and the other for medical doctors, the overall rating is based on an average of each board’s scores.

Click on the boxes below to read how Indiana did on each category — and how we calculated the score for the categories.

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State rating (out of 100)

  • Duty-to-report laws: 30
    Are colleagues and institutions that are aware of potential physician misconduct required to notify regulators? More...
    To break the code of silence that can shield abusive doctors, the best states have laws requiring all physicians and health care institutions to notify regulators of potential violations. To assess these laws, the AJC used five measures. Top grades went to states where a broad range of health care facilities, not only hospitals, are required to notify regulators of alleged physician misconduct; where there is a deadline of no more than 30 days for making those reports; where penalties for failing to report are clear and significant; where doctors are required to report fellow practitioners; and where courts or law enforcement agencies must notify regulators when a doctor is criminally convicted.
    • Are physicians required to report peers?: 6 of 20
      A physician who has personal knowledge based upon a reasonable belief that another physician has engaged in illegal, unlawful, incompetent or fraudulent conduct in the practice of medicine must promptly report that information to a peer review or similar body. But reporting to the board under those circumstances is not required.
  • Board composition: 60
    Are consumer members included to balance physicians’ tendency to identify with their colleagues? More...
    A blueprint developed by The Federation of State Medical Boards recognized the importance of having independent public members on physician-dominated medical regulatory agencies. To assess the composition of disciplinary agencies, the AJC used three measures, with the most weight given to consumer representation. Top grades went to states where public members make up at least 40 percent of the board; where those members represent consumers and where neither they nor their family members have professional or financial ties to health care; and where women hold at least 40 percent of the board seats.

More from Indiana

Highlighted case

Dr. Segun Rasaki

In March 2012, Indiana summarily suspended Rasaki’s license based on charges earlier that month of sexual battery and battery on two of his patients. After the criminal charges were filed, a number of his former patients came forward and alleged inappropriate touching during treatment.

In September 2012, the Indiana board concluded that he engaged in inappropriate sexual touching during medical exams of about 40 other patients and that he prescribed controlled substances to undercover agents and others in his pain management practice. His license has been revoked.

Rasaki was convicted in September 2012 of one count of felony sexual battery and one count of misdemeanor battery. He was also charged with 24 felonies for prescription violations. In 2014, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but eight years of that was suspended. The state court of appeals in 2014 dismissed his challenge of the sexual battery and battery convictions, saying his appeal was not filed in a timely manner.

Researching a doctor

  • Accurate records of sexual abuse accusations against doctors are not always easily accessible. In Indiana, the best chance of finding problems is to search the records offered by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency using the advanced search option. Please note that license search results typically include all public disciplinary actions, not just those involving sexual misconduct, and can sometimes include vague language. Also, some states deal with some disciplinary issues privately; private board orders are not included.

Complaint process

All complaints must be written and signed and are filed with the Office of the Attorney General, which reviews them. The Medical Licensing Board has limited investigatory authority, but it said if it receives a complaint about certain violations, it may investigate.

Where to file a complaint

Quoted

“[He] is committed to an ongoing recovery for the rest of his life and has an active recovery program that he will continue.”

— The Medical Licensing Board of Indiana, 2010, upon releasing from probation a doctor who had served an 18-month prison sentence on child pornography charges.

Key fact

A doctor’s license may not be permanently revoked in Indiana. After seven years, the doctor can reapply. Also, state law makes no provision for the Medical Licensing Board to issue private discipline, according to the board's communications director.

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