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A Call to the Maryland Board of Physicians: Improve Your Reporting of Physician Malpractice

Published on Aug 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm in General Blogs.

The Maryland Board of Physiciansprovides a website that lists licensed providers and provides basic information about the date of licensure, renewal, specialty, and address. It also contains a section where “Malpractice Judgments and Arbitration Awards within the past ten years,” and “Malpractice Settlements (3 or more of $150,000 or greater within the past 5 years)” are to be reported to the public.

Unfortunately, for reasons unknown, the public disclosure of adverse malpractice outcomes against physicians is wholly inaccurate. A cursory search conducted by our firm of physicians known to have had verdicts, awards and multiple settlements against them reveals that not single event is reported. This information is certainly of interest to patients and the general public and should be reported accurately. Physician questionnaires should be sent annually and shouldrequire full disclosure with criminal and administrative penalties for failing to do so.

Plaintiffs who have prevailed in cases of malpractice against medical providers should review their online profiles and contact the Maryland Board of Physicians should their profiles fail to mention adverse action that meets the criteria for disclosure. There is already too much information hidden from the public involving doctor discipline and peer review events involving medical mistakes. Since disclosure of adverse malpractice events is legal, the public should insist that the disclosures be accurate and timely.

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