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:After protests, national doctor database reopens — with a catch
New York Times: Database on Doctor Discipline Is Restored, With Restrictions
White Coat Notes (boston.com): Doctor discipline data restored online but with conditions attached