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Which states are best, worst for disciplining docs?

Public Citizen’s Health Research Group has released its annual report of which states do the best — and worst — job of disciplining doctors who practice bad medicine.

The study averages the rate of serious disciplinary actions (such as revocations and suspensions) per 1,000 citizens in each state. The average over the past three years determines the state’s rank — with states that dole out the most disciplinary actions named the best.

For 2009, the “best” state medical boards according to Public Citizen were (in order):

  1. Alaska
  2. North Dakota
  3. Kentucky
  4. Ohio
  5. Arizona
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Colorado
  8. Louisiana
  9. New Mexico, and
  10. Hawaii.

The worst performing medical boards were:

  1. Minnesota
  2. South Carolina
  3. Wisconsin
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Connecticut
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Mississippi
  8. Florida
  9. Maryland, and
  10. Vermont.

According to the report, the most effective medical boards have adequate funding and staffing, undertake proactive investigations instead of just responding to complaints, and are independent from the state medical societies  and state government.

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