Excerpt From Medical Ethics: Real-World Application By Afshin Nasser

National Practitioner Data Bank

Since 1990, the state medical and dental boards have been required to report certain disciplinary actions taken against the professionals they license to the National Practitioner Data Bank.

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Since 1990, the state medical and dental boards have been required to report certain disciplinary actions taken against the professionals they license to the National Practitioner Data Bank.

Professional societies, too, must report adverse actions taken against their members, while insurers must report all malpractice payments. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services makes this information available to state licensure boards and certain healthcare entities to facilitate the tracking of professionals who are disciplined in one state, then seek licensure in another. Healthcare facilities must query the Data Bank at least every two years regarding each member of their staff.

Many states now post this information on public websites as well, allowing patients to consider the legal history of practitioners when choosing a healthcare provider.

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State Medical Boards

The medical board’s duty is to protect the public, not the physician. State medical boards today focus on licensed physicians who violate professional ethics, and their mandate has significantly evolved to focus on disciplining physicians.

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Boundary Violation

Boundaries create a therapeutic distance between physician and patient and clarify their respective roles and expectations. Boundaries define limits of the therapeutic relationship.

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Medical Ethics: Real-World Application By Afshin Nasser

You may have acquired this book as a result of conflicts with peers, administrators, patients, or State Medical Boards, where the outcomes of those interactions have left you wondering, “…what if I had done things differently?”

In that case, I hope that this book answers some of your questions and guides you with regards to any future quandaries you may encounter.


If you are a healthcare worker seeking to understand the subject of medical ethics, then I hope this book helps you acquire the clarity you seek.
If you are an individual simply curious about medical ethics, then I raise my hat to you for your pursuit of knowledge.