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  • Introduced by: Erlo Roth, MD, Delegate, for DuPage County Medical Society

    Subject: Ineffective NPDB 

    Referred to: Reference Committee B

    Whereas, there are frequent condemning and accusatory reports in the lay press about physicians who are sanctioned in one state and then go to another state and obtain or maintain a medical license with apparent immunity and impunity; and

    Whereas, the sanctioning state apparently submits a timely and appropriate report, as mandated, to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB); and

    Whereas, there is evidence that very frequently some states do not check, verify, accept, or acknowledge the information in the NPDB regarding practitioners who have received sanctions, penalties, suspensions or cancellations of their medical license in another state; and

    Whereas, this creates serious patient safety and quality of medical care issues; therefore, be it

    RESOLVED, that our Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) join appropriate stakeholders to ensure that the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) performs adequate enforcement and follow-through on cases of physicians with sanctions on their license in another state and then seek to practice in Illinois; and be it further

    RESOLVED, that ISMS require that the IDFPR adequately verify and confirm the existence and extent of NPDB reports on physicians in the state of Illinois who might have had sanctions in another state, and that it take appropriate actions to ensure patient safety and quality of care in all such cases; and be it further

    RESOLVED, that our ISMS delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) submit this, or a resolution with similar topic and scope, to the annual AMA meeting in June of 2018.

    Existing ISMS policy related to this issue:

    House of Delegates adopted Res. 7 (A-02) which directed that the ISMS reiterate its position against the use of the National Practitioner Data Bank as a measure of clinical competence and against opening the Data Bank to the public, due to the incomplete and often inaccurate data which it contains as determined by a recent report by the General Accounting Office. (HOD 2002)  

    Board of Trustees ratified the Executive Committee’s action endorsing the resolution on the National Practitioner Data Bank for submission to the 2001 annual meeting of the AMA. (The resolution asks the AMA to oppose the release of the information contained in the National Practitioner Data Bank to the public in its present form because the General Accounting Office (GAO) has acknowledged that the information is inaccurate and incomplete and may be misleading to the public.) (BOT 2001-JUN)  

    Board of Trustees approved that ISMS cause the introduction of legislation to address reports filed with the National Practitioner Data Bank against physicians who resign from a medical staff, unaware that they are under investigation (BOT 2017 - JAN). A bill was introduced but did not move forward.


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    Nestor A. Ramirez, M.D. I favor this resolution

    The ISMS policies on NPDB are not applicable, because they are now 16 years old, and the NDB has matured, improved its accuracy and is still a valuable resource to protect our Illinois patients from irresponsible and potentially dangerous physicians who come to us from other states after having their license revoked and get accepted without thorough vetting by all stakeholders. The 2017 BOT position is not this same issue.

    Apr 11, 2018 at 4:12 p.m.

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