Recently AAPS President Al Fisher, MD wrote every Member of Congress a letter regarding the National Practitioner Data Bank. You are invited to participate in this action plan by contacting your representatives and members of the health committees in the House and Senate. Write your own letter using this sample letter as a guide. Thank you for you help.
January 25, 2018
The Honorable Ralph Abraham
417 Cannon House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative Abraham:
As president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, I am contacting you about the National Practitioner Data Bank. The original purpose of the Data Bank was to prevent so called bad doctors from moving from state to state. However, damaging information is being entered into this data bank with no regard to accuracy. Good physicians are being reported to the Data Bank for reasons totally unrelated to patient care. Physicians have no recourse and there is no due process procedure. Once false or misleading reports are entered into the Data Bank, there is no way to remove them.
Here is an example: A physician was reported to the Data Bank due to an incomplete application for hospital medical staff privileges. This physician had an excellent record and never actually practiced at the hospital.
Hospital administrators are threatening to report physicians to the Data Bank unless they withdraw an application – as a way of maintaining total control over who will be on the medical staff. The result might be that independent doctors are shut out of the medical staff and only physicians employed by the hospital will be allowed on the staff. A report to the Data Bank should be made only if there is a pattern of bad care.
The Data Bank is expanding and is a waste of tax payer money. We already have state medical boards to monitor physicians. The federal government does not have a similar data bank for any other occupation or profession, including lawyers. Once entered into the Data Bank, a physician is blacklisted and his or her medical career might be over.
We are requesting that Congress abolish the National Practitioner Data Bank. We would be happy to work with you in developing this important legislation. My office address is 10 E. Irving Avenue, Oshkosh, WI 54901. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Albert L. Fisher, M.D.