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State rankings on doctor discipline end with FSMB’s halting of reports

For decades, a press release of the Washington DC-based Health Research Group (HRG) grabbed attention each year with its rankings of state medical boards based on the rates of revocations, suspensions, and other serious discipline in each state. But no more.

Beginning in 2013, the Federation of State Medical Boards, which collects discipline data from individual states, opted to drop the "Annual Summary of Board Actions" report that allowed HRG, part of Public Citizen, to develop its rankings.

Opinions differ, however, as to whether the disappearance of the rankings is good or bad. Were the comparisons and rankings valid . . .

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