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Physician disciplinary actions: What about internal data?

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Robert E. Oshel, PhD, an adviser to the Public Citizen Health Research Group, considers possible internal actions to discipline physician misconduct.

In August 2023, Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit consumer advocacy group, published the report, “Ranking of the Rate of State Medical Boards’ Serious Disciplinary Actions, 2019-2021.” Report coauthor Robert E. Oshel, PhD, discusses reporting requirements to the National Practitioner Data Bank when hospitals take internal action against practicing privileges for physicians. Again, public access is limited.

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