How a Kansas doctor’s complaints took down a national public database

An investigation by ProPublica showed how one doctor through his complaints was able to remove a medical malpractice database from public access.

A Kansas doctor with a history of malpractice suits  was able to enlist the American Medical Association and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to protect his privacy interests after a reporter had requested an interview. Days after he had written the HRSA to complain his privacy was affected by the reporter, the agency removed the National Practitioner Data Bank from the public domain. -db

From ProPublica, November 10, 2011, by Marian Wang.

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