HHS’ Move To Block Access to Doctors’ Records Draws Ire
Last week, several consumer advocacy and journalism groups criticized the Obama administration's removal of certain information from the National Practitioner Data Bank, which tracks physician disciplinary actions and malpractice claims. HHS blocked access to the public section of the database because of confidentiality concerns expressed by a physician. HHS spokesperson Martin Kramer said the agency is working to restore public access to the data.
- "U.S. Government Draws Fire for Pulling Doctor Data" (Selyukh, Reuters, 9/15).
- "Withdrawal of Database on Doctors Is Protested" (Wilson, New York Times, 9/15).
- "Obama Administration Pressed on Access to Physician Records" (Levey, "Politics Now," Los Angeles Times, 9/15).