Tuesday, April 12, 2005
The Washington Post has an interesting story on physicians who escape listing on the National Practicioner Data Bank. According to the story by Cheryl W. Thompson:
Doctors who find themselves in trouble can move around because many are never reported to a national repository for doctor discipline records, known as the National Practitioner Data Bank. The aim of the data bank is to allow licensing boards and employers to check on doctors' records before they are hired and to prevent problem doctors from state-hopping.
But nearly 54 percent of all hospitals have never reported a disciplinary action to the data bank, according to the federal Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the system. Even when hospitals or boards report problems, they don't always do it quickly, allowing doctors to move and get a new license before the paper trail catches up with them.
It is a well-written story with eye-opening facts. [bm]