D.C. Board of Medicine keeping the public in the dark

The D.C. Board of Medicine, which regulates doctors, nurses and other health professionals, has done just about everything possible that could violate the Open Meetings Act, failing to follow the statute in at least four distinct ways, according to the watchdog Open Government Office, an independent agency of D.C. government.

In a strongly worded opinion issued Thursday, the Office concluded the board misunderstood and misapplied the law and warned that the problems may have spread further in the parent agency, D.C. Department of Health.

Without apparent disagreement, an official of the Department said in an email to the Office Friday they have “plans to ensure compliance with all requirements.” Continue…