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Duty to Report: Protecting Patients by Improving the Reporting and Sharing of Information about Health Care Practitioners

The Federation of State Medical Boards released a comprehensive summary and recommendations from a summit meeting it hosted in early 2017 to discuss how diverse organizations compile and share information about health care practitioners – including unprofessional conduct and disciplinary issues – and how such information could be better utilized to protect the public.

 Issues discussed included:

  • Professional cultures and norms that inhibit transparency
  • Lack of incentives and accountability
  • Lack of awareness and understanding
  • Cultural stigmas
  • Inconsistency in standards for confidentiality and anonymity
  • Lack of data integration and coordination across sectors
  • Differing attitudes on institutional responsibility for data collection
  • Jurisdictional and legal restrictions
  • Procedural and policy hurdles within physician organizations, hospitals, government agencies and others 

Download the Duty to Report summary and recommendations