Data Mine reports on access to practitioner data

Pia Christensen

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Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

The Center for Public Integrity’s Data Mine focuses on the National Practitioner Databank and the lack of public access to information in the database, which contains information about loss of privileges for medical professionals, malpractice payments and license revocations.

The public can access and use statistical information from the database but it cannot find out information about specific professionals. The American Medical Association, opposes making information in the database public because it “is riddled with duplicate entries [and] inaccurate data,” according to the Data Mine’s report.

A report last year from Public Citizen revealed that hospitals take advantage of loopholes to avoid reporting disciplined physicians to the database.

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