Removing the wrong kidney. People pay to pose as patients so that doctors can distribute pain medications illegally. Perform plastic surgery without a license. The headlines are littered with bad medical stories. Drug fraud, sexual misconduct, drug abuse – you name it. In 2017, the state's 70 state medical boards have placed a total of 711 prescriptive physicians on parole, issued 796 suspensions, and revoked 264 licenses.
In many cases, you can not keep bad documents. In a recent study, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today found that between 201
How bad documents keep their licenses
There is a system to prevent this, but it does not always work. According to Lisa Robin, chief advocacy officer of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), the organization maintains a central database that alerts other state medical advisors if one of their doctors has been disciplined in another state. "The Disciplinary Alarm Service was specifically set up to prevent someone who had a problem in one state from going undetected to another state," she says.
Sometimes it's actually effective: The data from 2017 show that 1,866 physicians were disciplined the first time and that 1,339 interactions were seized by state bodies. But the Sentinel and MedPage investigation allegations that doctors can still slip through the cracks or have the ability to report blanks. It is also being raised that some state agencies do not care to check the National Practitioner Data Bank, which is closed to the public, when issuing new licenses.
Other documents are not censored at all. Part of the problem is the reluctance of colleagues to report negligence or incompetence, says patient safety expert Robert Wachter, MD of the University of California San Francisco and author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine computer age . "The professionals protect themselves. If you decide to whistle the whistle, you can spend the next year in a lengthy legal battle that makes people wish they did not," he says.