Disciplinary action against physicians varies by state — 6 key notes

Ann-Arbor based University of Michigan researchers found disciplinary action against physicians differs by state, according to WBT. 

Here are six key notes:

1. Delaware has the highest punishment rate.

2. Massachusetts has the lowest rate of disciplinary action.

3. Researcher found discipline rates toward physicians and malpractice claims varied by up to a fourfold between states.

4. The discrepancy is due to the difference in state procedures, regulations and resources.

5. The results show officials should implement standards for disciplinary action across state medical boards.

6. Because the study was the first to analyze this topic, the results may be limited in that researchers did not know whether physicians behaved worse in different states. The data does not analyze cases that did not lead to disciplinary action or unreported misconduct.

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