NPDB Guidebook revision would clarify investigation reporting issues


Physicians always have been justifiably concerned about reports to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) regarding malpractice payments and adverse peer review actions. Two areas of frequent uncertainty have been:

1) Reporting malpractice payments made on behalf of entities, typically hospitals, when the individual physicians have been dismissed from the malpractice actions; and

2) Determining whether physicians should be reported if they have resigned while a peer review action

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) responsible for administering the data bank, has just proposed a revision to the NPDB Guidebook. The current version of the Guidebook was published in September 2001, so it is past due for an update.

Originally published in ACMC Bulletin - December 2013.

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