information can affect a practitioner's reputation and livelihood, the integrity of the data bank's information has been of great concern.
A plaintiff's attorney cannot access the NPDB
for information regarding a defendant.
Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization that champions citizen interests, has filed suit to close what it calls a "corporate shield loophole" by requiring that reports to be submitted to the NPDB
in the name of a health care practitioner on whose behalf the malpractice payment is made, regardless of whether the practitioner is named as a defendant.
11, 2015 listing entities that may query NPDB
for individually identifiable information about physicians).
In the absence of hours worked in the NPDB
, an FTE physician is based on total fee-for-service payment received.
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.
17, 2003, at A24 (citing NPDB
data on average malpractice judgment awards).
is a potential lifetime sanction that can have dramatic effects
In some cases, the evaluation includes agencies outside the hospital, such as the state medical society; and some physician misconduct must be reported to the state medical board and the NPDB
Currently, attorneys and patients have no way of knowing who these doctors are, as the NPDB
Public Use File conceals practitioners' personal information.
process can lead a physician to be reported to the NPDB
, (53) thus