According to Harnam Singh, branch chief of research for the United States Healthcare Resources and Services Association (HRSA), even with a formal uncontested report to the NPDB
, more than 87 percent of these physicians successfully resumed their professional careers.
was established by Congress to provide an available
From 1998 through 2003, the NPDB
collected and recorded data on more than 91,000 paid malpractice claims from across the nation and from all healthcare venues.
Physicians and other practitioners listed in the data banks can query about themselves only; if they query the NPDB
, HHS automatically also initiates a query to the HIPDB; the charge to the provider is $20 ($10 per query).
If the information in the NPDB
Public Use File (PUF) is compared with information in publicly available documents, such as court documents, then the information in the databank can be linked to a specific physician.
The need for the creation of the NPDB
stemmed, in large part, from problematic self-regulation by the medical profession.
A "standard of care not met" determination and attribution of responsibility in these cases may result in a report to the Defense Practitioner Data Bank rather than the NPDB
Obviously, this date as well as others was long before the creation of the NPDB
There were no reasons given for the investigation, which led to the report to the NPDB
9 percent (2,520 of 2,655) of practitioners with an adverse NPDB
finding had one or more malpractice payment reports; 9 percent (n=240) of practitioners with one or more NPDB
reports did not disclose on their credentials application the adverse finding(s) reported by NPDB
can be accessed by a number of organizations, including potential future employers and accreditation committees.
The Health Care Quality Improvement Act's reporting requirements and the potential availability, real and perceived, of the information contained in the NPDB
generated legitimate concern among healthcare entities and professionals nationwide.