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Q&A: How to check up on doctors

How to check up on doctors

How does one determine the qualifications and performance records of medical doctors? Are there sources, such as the Internet, you can use?

The state of Florida maintains a Web site that tracks medical doctors and provides such information as address, specialty, whether the doctor participates in the Medicaid program, where he or she has staff privileges, where he or she earned a medical degree and subsequent training, professional affiliations, disciplinary actions with results, and more.

It's at ww2.doh.state.fl.us/IRM00profiling/searchform.asp.

On the first page you'll see a status of the doctor you're researching. You can click on that link to get an explanation of the status listed.

To find disciplinary actions, click on the "Proceedings and Actions" tab. Scroll to the bottom and click on the Department of Financial Services link, then scroll down to "Search Now," then click on "Medical Professional Liability," then fill in the doctor's name in the "Insured (Doctor/Physician's) First name" and "Last Name" fields, then click search.

On the same page you can click to disciplinary actions. If there have been disciplinary actions and no one has requested the information, you will have to file a public records request. If the information has been previously requested, it should be available online at that spot.

A couple of caveats: If the Board of Medicine is in the process of investigating a complaint against a doctor, it is not noted on the site. Also, doctors self-report criminal offenses.

Lorres aren't related

Is Chuck Lorre, executive producer of Two and a Half Men, related to the late actor Peter Lorre?

No. Chuck Lorre's birth name is Charles Levine. There's a good bio of him at www.potsdam.edu/newsandevents/209_lorre.cfm.

Shakeup on 'Bones'

I'm curious about why Dr. Zack Addy was written out of the Bones show. His replacements, so far, have proven interesting and a couple of them are pretty good. But "replacement" is a misnomer because he was unique.

The producers of the show haven't spoken publicly about why they decided to have Dr. Zack Addy leave the show. In an interview, Eric Millegan, who plays Addy, attributed it to a "creative decision to shake things up and make a good season finale." Creative it was with Addy, a lab assistant to the title character, being revealed as an apprentice to the serial killer Gormogon.

But Addy may find his way into future episodes, Millegan said. "Zack ends up carted away to a psychiatric facility, but there is the possibility that the others may come visit me."

The full interview can be found at www.tvguide.com/news/eric-millegan-dishes-7680.aspx.

Q&A: How to check up on doctors 07/02/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 2, 2009 11:26am]
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