Doctor malpractice data is removed from public access by HHS Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/09/14/3141558/doctor-malpractice-data-is-removed.html#ixzz1Y1IsWG3S
Connotea Imports 2012-07-31
"Patient advocacy groups are protesting the government’s shutdown of public access to data on malpractice and disciplinary actions involving thousands of doctors nationwide. The National Practitioner Data Bank maintains confidential records that state medical boards, hospitals and insurance plans use in granting licenses or staff privileges to doctors. Although records naming physicians aren’t available to the public, the data bank for many years provided access to its reports with the names of doctors and hospitals and other identifying information removed. That changed Sept. 1 when the data bank removed these public-use files from its website. The action came shortly after it learned The Kansas City Star planned to use its reports [with other information to de-anonymize the records]...."