Many organizations, physicians, and insurance companies advocate candid disclosure because it helps providers learn from their mistakes and empowers patients to make decisions based on complete information. When a hospital decides to set a disclosure policy, it must guide its staff on how to...

Medical staff leaders are obligated to assess each practitioner’s capacity to perform all requested privileges. Yet, who wants to tell a colleague that his or her ability to care for patients may be waning with age? To avoid singling out practitioners, some medical staffs have begun implementing...

Hospitals must know what events are reportable to the NPDB. Sometimes the answer is clear cut; sometimes it is not. Recent changes to the NPDB Guidebook have also effected when hospitals must report actions taken against a physician. This figure provides some examples of what types of...

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