Va. agency pulls public access to hospital reports - Article Photos 1/1

This undated handout photo provided by the family shows Sharon Van Putten in Naples, Fla. Virginia health officials will no longer provide public access to the state’s hospital complaint investigations after The Associated Press found inconsistencies in the probe of a woman’s care at Inova Fairfax Hospital. 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. (AP Photo/Van Putten family)