Progress Underway in Efforts to Protect Marylanders From Dangerous Doctors

May 2013 / Abell Reports / Health and Human Services

Doubts remain about effectiveness of focus on punishment.

The intentions of the Maryland Board of Physicians (MBP), and the Maryland Medical Practices Act it enforces, appear straightforward. But it is when people get hurt, and attempts are made to uncover causes and solutions, that the extraordinary complexities and frustrations inherent in preventing physician misconduct and malpractice, and ensuring patient safety, raise public anxiety.

This Abell Report summarizes the MBP’s challenges; the details and impact of reform efforts to date; some of the debates about the scope of the MBP’s role in keeping Marylanders safe; and recommendations by health officials, watchdogs, MBP members, and patient safety experts for additional reforms.