States give troubled caregivers a pass (Tracy Weber presentation)
Panel: Investigating health professionals (Health Journalism 2011)
Speaker: Tracy Weber, senior reporter, ProPublica
Panel description: Dangerous doctors. Drug-abusing nurses. Health professionals with criminal records, lengthy malpractice records and histories of abusing patients continue to treat patients throughout the country. Without effective oversight of health professionals, the safety of patients is at risk. But patients don't know the questions to ask and state officials complain that budget cutbacks have neutered their staffs. This panel will give you ideas on how to assess your state's regulation of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and others. If these journalists are any guide, your stories can lead to major changes.