State Medical Board

Reporting Requirements

Reporting when a physician closes a practice or retires from practice:
A physician is required by law to notify the board of the location of patient records within 30 days after retiring or closing a practice.

Alaska regulations that mandate reporting:

Reporting malpractice settlements:
A report of a malpractice settlement is required by law to be submitted within 30 days of the date of settlement; the report must be submitted by the physician or physician assistant.

The required form for malpractice reporting is available on the Applications & Forms web page.

Alaska statutes that mandate reporting:

  • AS 08.64.345 Reports relating to malpractice actions and claims
  • 12 AAC 40.930 Requirements for reporting the outcome of malpractice claims or actions

Failure to comply with reporting requirements may result in disciplinary sanctions.

Reporting impaired professionals:
A physician who professionally treats another physician for alcoholism or drug addiction, or for mental, emotional, or personality disorders, must report it to the Board if there is probable cause that the person may constitute a danger to the health and welfare of that person’s patients or the public if that person continues in practice. The report must state the name and address of the person and the condition found.

Alaska laws that mandate reporting:

Reporting of hospital privileges actions:
A hospital that revokes, suspends, conditions, restricts, or refuses to grant hospital privileges to, or imposes a consultation requirement on, a physician must report it to the Board within seven working days after the action is taken.

A hospital must also report to the Board if a physician resigns hospital staff privileges while under investigation by the hospital or a committee of the hospital and the investigation could result in the revocation, suspension, conditioning, or restricting of, or the refusal to grant, hospital privileges, or in the imposition of a consultation requirement. A report is required regardless of whether the person voluntarily agrees to the action taken by the hospital. A report is not required if the sole reason for the action is the person’s failure to complete hospital records in a timely manner or to attend staff or committee meetings.

Alaska laws that mandate reporting:

AS 08.64.336 Duty of physicians and hospitals to report

Reporting of Abuse and Neglect:

As a health care professional in Alaska, you are required by law to formally report confirmed and suspected child abuse and neglect, abuse of vulnerable adults, domestic violence or sexual assault.

Alaska laws that mandate reporting:

  • AS 47.17.020 Child abuse or neglect must be immediately reported to a police officer.
  • AS 47.24.010 Abuse of vulnerable adults must be reported to the Dept. of Health and Social Services.
  • AS 18.05 and 7 AAC 27.005 Suspicion of or diagnosis of infectious diseases must be reported the Department of Public Health, Epidemiology section.
  • AS 18.66 Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Additional Resources

The Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project
This site provides information on screening and identifying domestic violence victims

Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
This site provides information on victim service programs funded by the council, and batterer intervention programs.

Reporting of infectious diseases:
As a health care professional in Alaska, you are required by law to report suspicion or diagnosis of infectious diseases.

Alaska laws that mandate reporting:

  • AS 18.05 and 7 AAC 27.005 Suspicion of or diagnosis of infectious diseases must be reported the Department of Public Health, Epidemiology section.

State Department of Public Health – Epidemiology
This site provides information to help health care providers comply with public health reporting requirements.

To report Public Health Emergencies call (907) 269-8000 or after hours (800) 478-0084.