WASHINGTON (AP) _ Agencies responsible for licensing physicians in 40 states and the District of Columbia provide the names of doctors they discipline on their Web sites on the Internet.

The amount of information disclosed varies from state to state, as does the frequency of updates. Some state medical boards that name disciplined physicians on their Web sites still require consumers to contact the agencies directly to receive specific information about the misconduct.

The 10 states that provide no information over the Internet about doctors disciplined by their licensing boards are Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Medical boards in California, Florida, Idaho, Massachusetts, and Tennessee also provide data on the Web sites about malpractice claims paid by physicians in their states. California, Florida, Idaho, and Massachusetts also report disciplinary actions hospitals take against doctors.

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Public Citizen evaluation of state medical board Web sites and the state agencies' Web addresses: http://www.citizen.org/hrg/publications/1506.htm