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North Carolina: Malpractice Settlement Data Could Go Online

iHealthBeat: The North Carolina Medical Board is considering a plan to post information on medical malpractice lawsuit settlements on its Web site, starting in 2009.

The lawsuit settlements would contain the physician’s name, when the case was settled and an optional box where physicians can provide details on the reasons for the settlement. It would also include settlements from the previous seven years to be included as part of physician profiles that the board publishes online.

According to Thomas Mansfield, director of the medical board’s legal department, the Web site would not contain information on the dollar amount of the settlement.

SOURCE: Malpractice Settlement Data Could Go Online in North Carolina

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