Undated - USA TODAY recently investigated why doctors who had been banned by hospitals or disciplined by hospitals were able to continue practicing medicine.
The lead investigative reporter Peter Eisler talked with 2WTK about what he found most disturbing about the data he uncovered and about the North Carolina connection.
From 2001 to 2011, about 128 North Carolina doctors had their clinical privileges restricted or taken away by hospitals or other medical institutions for misconduct involving patient care.
Of those doctors, about 64 never were fined or hit with a license restriction, suspension or revocation by a state medical board. Not all doctors who lose clinical privileges necessarily deserve licensure action, experts say, but decisions by hospitals to restrict or ban a physician typically are seen as an indicator of significant misconduct.
You can read the entireUSA TODAY article.
Source: USA TODAY analysis of the U.S. government's National Practitioner Data Bank public use file