Texas Medical Board Blasted for Doctor Discipline Failures

Dr Sidney Wolfe

Doctor discipline advocate Sidney Wolfe, MD

According to Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, the Texas State Medical Board has failed to properly discipline more than 450 doctors, responsible for serious violations over two-decades.

Using information from the National  Practitioner Data Bank, Public Citizen found that Texas  healthcare facilities imposed clinical-privilege sanctions against 793  physicians between September, 1990 and December, 2011.  Yet 58% of them were never disciplined by the state medical board as they should have been.

Public Citizen further reports that 459  doctors were responsible for 641 clinical action reports, resulting in  144 punitive peer-review actions.

Legal actions against 216 of these doctors resulted in 473 malpractice payouts, and one physician in the group was  responsible for 22 malpractice payouts by himself, according to the report.

Dr State Discipline Graph

In a letter  to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (PDF), Dr. Irvin Zeitler of the Texas Medical Board  noted that between 2005 and 2009, 147 physicians have had a clinical privilege report, but only 60 of the cases had been reported to the board.

In a separate letter to  Perry (PDF), by  Sidney Wolfe, MD, Director of Public Citizen Health  Research Group, wrote that the Board also faces a backlog of work caused by  staff shortages. While medical board operations are traditionally funded by doctor license fees, Wolfe noted that the Texas Board functions on a mere one-third of the $60 million these fees bring in over a two-year period.

(We thank Andis Robeznieks for his excellent health-related reporting. His articles can be seen regularly in Modern Physician web magazine.)

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10 thoughts on “Texas Medical Board Blasted for Doctor Discipline Failures

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