Under the headline, “Study: Mass. medical board ranks poorly on MD discipline,” the Boston Globe reports on Public Citizen’s comparison of frequency of doctor discipline by state medical boards. The comparison is based on the number of disciplinary actions over three years leading to license revocation, suspension or probation. In Massachusetts, that number is 1.83 for each 1,000 doctors, placing the state 47th out of 51 (including the District of Columbia), ahead of only Connecticut, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Minnesota. The top three: Louisiana, Alaska and Ohio.
Is this state-by-state comparison valid? Is it a fair gauge of disciplinary practice?
See the report here: http://www.citizen.org/documents/1949.pdf
See the Globe story and the comments in inspired here: http://bo.st/iTYWaf