Virginia health officials will no longer provide public access to the state's hospital complaint investigations. The decision follows a story by the Associated Press that found inconsistencies in an investigation into the care of a woman at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Va. pulls public access to hospital reports
State officials say the change was ordered by the federal agency that oversees Medicare. Virginia investigates hospital complaints filed by Medicare patients under a contract with the federal government. The change comes after an AP story last year showed Virginia investigators released two different versions of a report investigating the care of an Inova patient, Sharon Van Putten. A report given to the family largely exonerated the hospital, while a report obtained by AP under the Freedom of Information Act substantiated most of the allegations.
Van Putten later died, and investigations of her care are still ongoing.
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