In re Jon Porter, M.D., 2012 VT 97
This case turns partially on the definition of “legally liable” and—though no one is going to say it out loud—partially on common sense.
Here’s the scenario: Physician Assistant (or “PA” for short) overprescribes and perhaps diverts certain controlled substances. Doctor is responsible for supervising PA. Doctor, acting on a tip, concludes that PA is improperly prescribing drugs. Doctor files a complaint against PA with the Board of Medical Practice. Question: Is Doctor guilty of unprofessional conduct based on the PA’s acts?