Association Of Health Care Journalists

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The Loss of a Valuable Journalistic Tool

Friday, October 07, 2011

For years, health care reporters have employed a government database called the National Practitioner Data Bank, containing information on malpractice payouts.  The public version of the database hides the names of physicians, but after a reporter was able to identify an anonymous doctor, the public database was taken offline.  Bob talks to Charles Ornstein of the Association of Health Care Journalists about why the database is important, and attempts by journalists to regain access to it.

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