National health professional disciplinary action database soon to be available

In an effort to help hospitals check for disciplinary actions taken anywhere in the country against nurses, pharmacists, psychologists and other licensed health professionals,  a national database was created. 

On March 1, the database will be available for hospitals to use. According to an investigation by the nonprofit news organization ProPublica in collaboration with the Los Angeles Times, the database is missing serious disciplinary actions against what are probably thousands of health providers. 

A full and complete review is now underway to determine the database's problems and determine how to fix them.

(SOURCES: Advisory Board Daily Briefing,, February 17, 2010; LA Times, February 15, 2010)