National Practitioner Data Bank


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National Practitioner Data Bank

 (NPDB)
a computerized information system that contains a record of malpractice claims, privileges actions, and other disciplinary actions. It was created to ensure that incompetent health care professionals do not move from one state to another.

National Practitioner Data Bank

A database established by the Congress to facilitate professional peer review and restrict incompetent physicians' and dentists' ability to move from state to state, and elude discovery of previous substandard performance or unprofessional conduct

National Practitioner Data Bank

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NPDB

A national databank, created by the Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986, that receives, stores, and disseminates records on the conduct and competence of medical professionals. Health care facilities use the information contributed to the databank during hiring and credentialing. The databank stores information relating to medical malpractice payments made on behalf of health care practitioners; information relating to adverse actions taken against clinical privileges of physicians, osteopaths, or dentists; and information concerning actions by professional societies that adversely affect membership.
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Journal: I should clarify that I know there are different kinds of reports made to the National Practitioner Data Bank, those involving malpractice verdicts and settlements and Adverse Action Reports.
The National Practitioner Data Bank has been a lightning rod for criticism throughout its history, despite a dearth of information on its impact (Robertson, 2001; Ryzen, 1992; Satiani, 2004; Todd, 1995; Waters, Warnecke, Parsons, Almagor & Budetti, 2006).
I was not reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank.
Payments come from the National Practitioner Data Bank. Covariates come from the Area Resource File.
The office would oversee the National Practitioner Data Bank to improve public access to and widen the scope of information gathered on medical malpractice lawsuits and insurance policies and premiums.
The credentialing module offers import/export integration of required physician details with the National Practitioner Data Bank. Based on access rights, hospital personnel may view physician privilege information online, eliminating dependency on the medical staff office personnel and permitting increased hospital compliance, while allowing staff to spend more time concentrating on medical issues and concerns.
BACK IN 1990 THE NATIONAL Practitioner Data Bank was established to keep track of malpractice suits and disciplinary actions against incompetent physicians.
Access to the National Practitioner Data Bank, a federally operated compilation of all actions taken against doctors by state licensing boards and hospitals, plus all malpractice judgments and settlements involving every physician, is unavailable to the public - still exempt from the Freedom of Information laws.
The American Medical Association lobbies to prevent unadulterated public access to the National Practitioner Data Bank. Some information is available through state medical associations, but the amount offered differs from state to state.
The former aims to protect consumers from substandard medical care by providing complete access to the National Practitioner Data Bank and by strengthening state medical boards; the latter would block some of the rawer practices of managed care.
The creation of the recent National Practitioner Data Bank indicates that a doctor's conduct is ultimately a public matter of concern to colleagues, hospitals, licensure boards, and consumers.

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