Age, in and of it­self, shouldn’t be a fac­tor in provider eval­u­a­tion

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle “Aging MDs prompt call for com­pe­tency tests at AMA meet­ing” (ModernHealth­care.com, June 8), I have seen at least the im­plicit as­sump­tion by li­cens­ing au­thor­i­ties in a num­ber of states that an aging prac­ti­tioner, physi­cian or oth­er­wise, against whom a com­plaint is lodged should be scru­ti­nized more closely. Some­times the ex­tra scru­tiny is jus­ti­fied, some­times not, but it irks me that age, in and of it­self, is used as a neg­a­tive eval­u­a­tion fac­tor. Mary Gian­nini Spokane, Wash

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