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If you are a health care practitioner, health care entity, provider, or supplier and you have found your way here, more than likely you have questions. Who and what is the Data Bank? Am I in the right place to get the information my potential employer is requesting? If a report has been filed on me, what am I supposed to do? What happens if a report contains incorrect information about me? Is there someone I can talk to?

Practitioners and the NPDB

The Practitioner's section of the website is available, where you can Self-Query to see if there is information on file about you; and ensure the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, and relevance of any such information. If there are adverse actions, malpractice payment reports, or judgments/convictions reported against you or your organization, you can add a statement to explain your interpretation of the events described in the report.

Data Bank information is confidential. No one can access NPDB information unless they are legally authorized as eligible to do so and have registered with the Data Bank. See About Us for more details.

What Is the NPDB?

The NPDB is a confidential information clearinghouse created by Congress with the primary goals of improving health care quality, protecting the public, and reducing health care fraud and abuse in the U.S.

The NPDB contains reports on health care practitioners, health care entities, providers and suppliers, which are submitted as mandated by law by certain eligible entities. The NPDB receives and discloses reports on medical malpractice payments made for the benefit of health care practitioners; as well as certain adverse actions taken against health care practitioners, health care entities, providers and suppliers. See About Reporting for more information.

The Data Bank is used to inform eligible entities - such as hospitals, health plans, and State Licensing Boards - that a more comprehensive review of the qualifications and background of a health care practitioner, health care entity, provider or supplier may be prudent. NPDB information is intended to be used in combination with information from other sources in making determinations on employment, affiliation, clinical privileges, certification, licensure, or other decisions. NPDB information should not be used as the sole source of verification of professional credentials.

See About Us for more information, including information about confidentiality and security.

The Data Bank Process

If the Data Bank receives a report on you, such as a notice of a medical malpractice payment, the Data Bank will give you the opportunity to view the report. When a report is received, it is processed by the Data Bank exactly as submitted by the reporting organization, which is responsible for the accuracy of the report. After the Data Bank processes a report, a Report Verification Document (RVD), which is a copy of the report, is sent to the reporting organization. A Notification of a Report in the Data Bank and information about how to access the report are mailed to you, as the subject of the report. You should review the report for accuracy, including information such as current address and place of employment.

You will be given information that will allow you to sign in with a report number.

What Do You Want to Do?

Whether or not a report has been filed on you, there are two basic ways to interact with the Data Bank:

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* The term "practitioner" includes health care practitioners, health care entities, providers, or suppliers, particularly when referring to self-querying or responding to reports.

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