Health board opens file on Scott DesJarlais

The Tennessee Department of Health has acknowledged opening a "complaint file" against Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

But the file wasn't mentioned this week as the state Board of Medical Examiners met for the first time since controversy hit the physician-turned-4th-District-congressman in October.

A board member said that isn't unusual.

"It takes a long time, sometimes a year or two, for a complaint to get to us," said Nina Yeiser, a citizen member and 12-year veteran of the Board of Medical Examiners. "[Complaints] have to be investigated internally, and I think that's probably going on now."

When a complaint is received, the Department of Health investigates it and relays the results to the Board of Medical Examiners for a decision.

On Oct. 16, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint amid news reports DesJarlais had slept with female patients and pressured one to get an abortion.