Nevada plans to release more doctor malpractice history

Right now, the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners website lists the names of doctors who've been disciplined and the nature of the infraction--but the only way to get more information is to contact the board directly. However, that's going to change. The Board has decided to post more malpractice history information on the site, including a searchable database of all doctors named in malpractice cases ending in settlements, awards or judgments. The Board's decision comes in the wake of a hepatitis C outbreak in southern Nevada that cast a spotlight on the Board's operations, generating criticism about the way it shares information on the physicians it licenses and censures. The hepatitis C outbreak, which led to the biggest public health notification operation in U.S. history, found 84 cases of the disease linked to the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada.

To learn more about the Board's decision:
- read this Reno Gazette-Journal article

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