Medical board, watchdog group clash over doc discipline
Public Citizen’s report claims the medical board has been failing to punish dangerous doctors in Texas, evidenced by Texas consistently earning a spot in the bottom one-half of state medical boards in its ranking system.
… of the 459 physicians who the state medical board failed to discipline, 93 of them were disciplined by hospitals and other healthcare facilities because of incompetence, negligence or malpractice; 33 were disciplined for substandard care; and 8 were identified as an immediate threat to health or safety, according to the report which analyzed data from the National Practitioner Data Bank from 1990 to 2011.
…According to the medical board, Public Citizen’s report fails to acknowledge that not all actions taken by hospitals against a doctor would necessarily result in an enforcement action by the board,
However, Texas isn’t the only state whose medical board is facing scrutiny. Earlier this year, Public Citizen raised concerns that most states are underdisciplining physicians with less severe actions like fines and reprimands, as opposed revoking licenses for serious offenses, FierceHealthcare previously reported.
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