National Practitioner Databank Reports
What Is the National Practitioner Databank?
The National Practitioner Databank (NPDB) collects and reports information on physicians and other healthcare professionals to state professional licensing boards and certain healthcare entities. The purpose of the NPDB is to “protect the public by restricting the ability of unethical or incompetent practitioners to move from state to state without disclosure or discovery of previously damaging or incompetent performance.”
What Triggers an Adverse Report?
A report to the NPDB may be triggered by certain malpractice payments, disciplinary action against a state professional license, certain peer review findings, DEA action, and exclusion from the Medicare/Medicaid/Medi-Cal programs. A negative report to the NPDB can have an overwhelmingly negative impact on a healthcare provider's career. In addition, a negative report to the NPDB can cause reciprocal action by state professional licensing boards and, in some instances, make it nearly impossible for a healthcare provider to obtain employment.
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