CONSUMER ALERT! TN DR’s Profiles Missing Crucial Information
TNCA CONSUMER ALERT!
This week, NewsChannel 5’s Jennifer Kraus reported that the Tennessee Health Department and Medical Licensing Board is failing to follow state law and inform the public of any disciplinary or adverse action taken against a doctor on the state’s website.
Under Tennessee’s Health Care Right-To-Know Act, doctors are required to self-report any disciplinary or adverse action taken against them to the state Board. NewsChannel 5 revealed that while some doctors fail to self-report, the Board does not pursue these doctors or consistently update the information that is reported.
TNCA is concerned with the lack of transparency in the data obtained, and, in some cases, the Board’s total failure to provide any information to the public.
When choosing a doctor, consumers should be able to access current information on any doctor’s past malpractice settlements, suspensions and disciplinary history. Inaccurate information can cause a consumer to see a doctor they would otherwise not choose.
This failure and lack of oversight is due, in part, to state budgetary restraints and the Board’s lack of resources, technology, and sufficient staff. However, the state law provides no enforcement mechanism to ensure that unscrupulous doctors are held accountable and self-report this crucial information.
Tennessee Citizen Action Board President Bill Mason spoke out on this issue to NewsChannel 5. See Bill and get the full story at the following link: FULL STORY NEWSCHANNEL5