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PHYSICIAN MISCONDUCT: THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT

By Victoria Colliver, POLITICO

July 27, 2018

The Medical Board of California unveiled a mobile app designed to help patients keep track of on their physicians' licensing status — like whether they've changed addresses or added a specialty, or were disciplined for transgressions like overprescribing, sexual misconduct or criminal convictions, POLITICO's Victoria Colliver reports. 

The app, which became available for free on iTunes Thursday, allows iPhones and iPad users to follow up to 16 doctors. But one advocate for greater transparency into physician malfeasance wasn't impressed. Carmen Balber, executive director of Consumer Watchdog, called the app a "nice PR splash" but said it "won't improve transparency for the vast majority of Californians who don't know they can look up their doctor in the first place."

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