Bad Doctors – Who is Minding the Store? | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

By Catherine Bertram An updated annual ranking of state medical boards by the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen reveals widespread discrepancies in both the numbers of disciplinary actions taken against physicians’ licenses, and the rates of those disciplinary actions from state to state.  Though the specific numbers have changed again, a pronounced trend of significant discrepancies between individual states has held constant for years.  Unless geography influences a physician’s competence, these state-by-state discrepancies point to a dangerously inadequate national system of physician oversight — one that could conceivably allow dangerous, incompetent physicians to continue to practice medicine by moving from state to state. The data raises questions about patient safety —…

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D.C. purchases United Medical Center | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

By Catherine D. Bertram The District of Columbia has purchased United Medical Center for $20 million after foreclosing on the property.  There were no other bidders at the foreclosure sale, and no money will change hands. In late June, the city council voted to foreclose on the property because Specialty Hospitals of America, the hospital’s owner, defaulted on its lease agreements.  The council created a nonprofit tasked with running the hospital, which council member David Catania called “a de facto safety-net hospital in the District”.  D.C. has already spent $70 million on the hospital and may have to continue subsidizing…

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