Nevada

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 Nevada did on each category — and how we calculated the score for the categories.

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State rating (out of 100)

  • Transparency: 42
    Is complete and accurate information on physician discipline provided to help patients protect themselves? More...
    The best states make it easy for the public to find comprehensive information on physicians, including whether they have been disciplined for sexual abuse or other violations. To assess transparency, the AJC used five measures. Top grades went to states where medical regulators posted disciplinary orders on websites going back at least 15 years; fully detailed the acts that led to sanctions; avoided private orders, reprimands or letters; provided easy web access to clearly labeled doctor information including disciplinary documents; and listed any hospital sanctions, criminal convictions and out-of-state disciplinary actions for each physician.
    • Are all orders posted?: 12 of 20
      For medical doctors, only public filings since 2008 are online. The board said it is working to scan and link other records. Orders on the osteopathic board website go back to at least 2001.
    • Is it easy to find all doctor information on the website?: 8 of 20
      There are 11 different types of medical licenses to choose from on drop-down menu. By choosing all to make sure a search is complete, you may get a long list of doctors. Orders on medical profiles may not be linked. The osteopathic board's website is easier to search for information and disciplinary documents.
  • Board composition: 70
    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.
    • Are public members independent and do they represent consumers?: 20 of 25
      State law requires one member of each board be someone who represents the interests of persons or agencies that provide health care to the poor, but this member must not be a doctor; the remaining public members cannot hold any health care license or be actively engaged in any health care facility or school or have a financial interest in any matter pertaining to health care, except as a patient. For the osteopathic board, public members' immediate family can't be a licensee or an administrator of a medical facility.
  • Criminal acts: 36
    Are medical regulators and law enforcement made aware of doctors’ criminal conduct? More...
    The medical profession has long recognized the power imbalance between doctors and patients. But only in recent years have states enacted three key laws to try to protect vulnerable patients from dangerous doctors. The AJC considered two of these laws the most important. Top grades went to states where physicians must undergo criminal background checks, with fingerprints, at initial license application and periodically; and where doctor-patient sexual contact has been made a criminal offense in recognition that patients cannot give meaningful consent. In addition, the AJC also rated states on whether medical boards that learn of allegations of criminal conduct must alert law enforcement.

More from Nevada

Highlighted case

Dr. Binh Minh Chung

When a teenager went to a medical appointment, Chung injected her with a drug and she became groggy, a board order states. Then, when she realized her legs were propped up and her pants were off, she began crying.

“At this point, Dr. Chung came between the legs of the minor female and began to abuse her,” the board order says. “The minor female immediately passed out.”

In 2015, Chung’s wife discovered video of him having sex with unconscious women and a minor in his office. She and the teen went to police.

Chung was indicted on numerous counts involving victims he was accused of drugging and raping.

It was not the first time Chung had come to the attention of police and the medical examiners board, though. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that he had been arrested in 2006 and accused of open and gross lewdness with a 15-year-old patient. But the police case was sealed after he completed community service, and the board issued only a “letter of concern” that was supposed to be a nonpublic reprimand.

A criminal case is pending.

Researching a doctor

  • Accurate records of sexual abuse accusations against doctors are not always easily accessible. In Nevada, the Board of Medical Examiners regulates physicians and surgeons. You can search for those actions here. For osteopathic physicians, actions are listed on the Board of Osteopathic Medicine’s website. 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

The boards have discretion to investigate anonymous complaints. But the Board of Medical Examiners may refuse to consider an anonymous complaint if the lack of identifying information would make processing it impossible or be unfair to the doctor in question.

Quoted

“The minor female immediately passed out.”

— Board order in the case of Dr. Binh Minh Chung, describing the allegation by a teenage patient that he began to abuse her after she had been injected with a drug that made her groggy.

Key fact

The Board of Medical Examiners and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine can negotiate a remediation agreement with doctors believed to have committed any violation. And while the agreement itself is a public record, the boards are required to remove the name of the doctor.

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