Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Robert Oshel, the former Associate Director of the National Practitioners Databank to discuss transparency in the medical field.
The National Practitioners Databank was established by Congress in 1986 to try and reduce healthcare fraud and improve health care quality. The Databank records anytime a medical professional pays a medical malpractice payment and when/if a medical professional has a disciplinary action taken against them.
However, despite the Databank, there is a serious problem in our country. Recently outlined in a USA Today story, (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/20/doctors-licenses-medical-boards/2655513/) the issue of transparency is directly addressed as it is revealed that doctors can have their license revoked in one state but not another. This means that the doctor still has the opportunity to then go to a state where they are still allowed to practice and immediately start seeing patients. Consequently, the reason their license was revoked never gets addressed and they never learn from their mistakes, while potentially putting their respective patients in harm’s way.
With the National Practitioners Databank that should never happen. Hospitals and licensing boards have access to the databank; they can see everything in a doctor’s medical past before hiring him or allowing him to practice in the state.
Listen in as Aaron and Robert talk about the National Practitioners Databank and delve into the importance of transparency in the medical field.
Visit the National Practitioners Databank website here: https://www.npdb.hrsa.gov/index.jsp
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