While the debate over malpractice insurance rages in Nevada, the state Board of Medical Examiners is working on a proposed regulation to require competency testing for physicians every 10 years, with some exemptions.
Michael Fischer, M.D., an ophthalmologist in Carson City, Nev., will become president-elect of the Nevada State Medical Society in May. He questions whether testing will improve quality.
"Passing an examination does not guarantee that (physicians) will provide quality care to their patients," Fischer says. "Testing of physicians is not going to stop the nature of the art--errors happen and can happen in the hands of the best physicians in the world."
Some 25 states are weighing competency tests for physicians, but if the Nevada board takes action at its meeting in late May, it could be the first to impose periodic examinations.