Doctor discipline falls

The lede:

The number of disciplinary actions against doctors by state medical boards has fallen for three straight years.

Nationwide, total disciplinary actions are down 15% from a 2004 high, according to an April report by the Federation of State Medical Boards. Prejudicial actions, which include serious discipline such as license revocations and suspensions, have dropped 17% from 2004 to 2007.

The news comes on the heels of intense scrutiny of boards in Kansas and Nevada and legislation proposed or enacted in more than a dozen states aimed at strengthening medical boards’ powers.

The whole shebang.