Report ranks states on availability of online doctor information
According to a new survey, New Jersey topped the list of states doing the best job of providing consumers with doctor disciplinary information found on state medical board websites. On the opposite side of the spectrum, North Dakota ranked last. The report, based on a survey conducted by Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, graded state medical board websites for all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The report reviewed a number of categories in making its assessment: types of physician-identifying information, disciplinary action details, criminal conviction information, website search capabilities, and other information. The survey also found a wide range in website quality. The 10 states receiving the highest overall scores, from top to bottom, were New Jersey, Virginia, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Georgia, California, Idaho, and Florida. The 10 states receiving the lowest scores, from the bottom up, were North Dakota, New Mexico, West Virginia, Louisiana, South Dakota, Arkansas, Alaska, Indiana, Montana, and Minnesota.