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National Practitioner Data Bank: Back in the news

The federal government’s doctor discipline database was back in the news in a big way this week, with officials deciding to restore access to the Public Use File of the National Practitioner Data Bank—with unworkable restrictions.

As readers of this tumblr know, this has been a big issue for me personally and for AHCJ, of which I am board president. The government removed the public version from the web after a single doctor complaint about coverage by a reporter.

On Thursday, AHCJ and six other journalism groups sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius protesting the new restrictions.

Some coverage this week of the decision and reaction:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Doctor database restored with severe restrictions and Journalism groups, Obama administration clash over restrictions on doctor data

Kansas City Star: After protests, national doctor database reopens — with a catch

New York Times: Database on Doctor Discipline Is Restored, With Restrictions

Reuters: Government reopens doctor data access, with some caveats

AP: Obama administration restores access to problem doctors data, but journalists decry new limits

White Coat Notes (boston.com): Doctor discipline data restored online but with conditions attached

KCUR: Malpractice Investigation Has Unintended Consequence, Part 1 and Part 2

ProPublica: How Complaints From a Single Doctor Caused the Gov’t to Take Down a Public Database

MSNBC: Warning accompanies restoration of ‘bad docs’ database