Tennessee physicians who spread COVID-19 misinformation could now face disciplinary action

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Posted at 9:13 PM, Oct 11, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Doctors who spread false COVID-19 information can now face disciplinary action, including suspension or having their medical license revoked in extreme cases.

In late September, the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners adopted a new policy based on language from the Federation of State Medical Boards. With this new policy, physicians who create or spread COVID-19 vaccine misinformation or disinformation could be formally disciplined.

The board, which consists of 12 members appointed by the governor, is responsible for disciplining physicians who violate practice standards.

Anyone can file a complaint against a physician if they believe their behavior is unacceptable by calling the department of health at 800-852-2187.