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Physicians’ disciplinary actions decline

Public Citizen (www.citizen.org), a watchdog organization, has released its annual analysis of serious disciplinary actions taken by state medical boards from data released by the Federation of State Medical Boards (www.fsmb.org).   Serious actions include revocation of license, surrender of license, suspension, and probation or restriction of practice and are measured per 1,000 physicians.  The annual rate of disciplinary actions peaked in 2004 at 3.72 actions per 1,000 physicians; the rate for 2010 was 2.97 per 1,000.  

The report includes an analysis of the ten best and worst states taking serious disciplinary actions, counts of physicians and disciplinary actions by state, and trend information for each state back to 2003.

Source: Wolfe, Sidney M., and others.  Public Citizen’s Health Research Group Ranking of the Rate of State Medical Boards’ Serious Disciplinary Actions, 2008-2010.  Washington, DC: Public Citizen, May 12, 2011.     http://www.citizen.org/documents/1949.pdf

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