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Risky caregivers not in federal database for hospitals

Los Angeles Times, February 15, 2010

More than two decades ago, Congress ordered the development of a national database allowing hospitals to check for disciplinary actions taken anywhere in the country against nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, and other licensed health professionals. But the long-awaited repository is missing serious disciplinary actions against what are probably thousands of health providers, according to an investigation by the nonprofit news organization ProPublica in collaboration with the Los Angeles Times.