Topic: National Practitioners Data Bank
Consumer Reports Poll: Almost 9 in 10 Americans Say Public Should Have Access to Information Collected by Feds on Doctors
Washington, D.C. – The public should have full access to a government database on problem doctors, including the names of physicians with a history of harming patients, according to Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project.
Consumers Union highlighted the need for greater public access to the National Practitioners Data Bank (NPDB) following a recent controversy over the federal database. In September, the Department of Health and Human Services removed the Public Use Data File of the NPDB from online because the agency received a complaint from a doctor whose history of malpractice claims was revealed in a newspaper article. The reporter had researched the doctor’s publicly available court and state disciplinary records, which enabled him to match further information available on the doctor at the NPDB. «Read the rest of this article»