The board that oversees physician discipline in Massachusetts has yet to deliver on its promise to post more information online about doctors who are charged with a crime or who have a history of negligent care.
Now, doctors whose licenses are revoked or allowed to expire as a result of disciplinary actions are absent from the board’s public database. And information about malpractice cases or board actions is removed after 10 years from the profiles of still-licensed physicians.
After The Boston Globe reported last March about the Board of Registration in Medicine’s practice of pulling information about the most troubled doctors from public view, board leaders promised to do better. They worked with state Senator Richard Moore to make a plan for overhauling the database, and the plan was written into last year’s state budget bill.
The new system had been expected to be operating by January. But when the board’s executive director left under pressure in December and Barbara Piselli took over as interim head, board members learned the project was not far enough along to meet that deadline, said Dr. Candace Sloane, the board chairwoman. Sloane said she hopes to begin rolling out the new system this spring.
Sloane and Dr. Gerald Healy, the vice chairman, met with Moore recently to explain the delay. Moore, an Uxbridge Democrat and a former chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, said in an interview that he was disappointed but that the board should have a chance to get the system going within a “reasonable time.”
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