How to Get Started
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 go online and check your report using the Report Response Service.
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:
- Self-Query. You want to find out if there is a report on you, or if you are a practitioner organization, if there is a report on your organization - either for your own interest or at the request of a potential employer, licensing or certification authority, or insurance provider. Requesting the Data Bank to search for a report on you is known as performing an individual self-query, or using the Data Bank Self-Query Service. For more information, see When to Self-Query (Search for Your Own Reports). To begin the process, go to Start a Self-Query.
- Check Your Report. You received notification from the Data Bank of a report on you, or if you are a practitioner organization, you received a report on your organization, and want to respond to it. Your options are to either (1) add a statement, (2) dispute the report's factual accuracy (regarding whether the report was submitted in accordance with the Data Bank's reporting requirements), or, (3) as a final measure, request a Dispute Resolution of a disputed report. For more information, see About Responding to Reports. To start the process, go to Check Your Report (Report Response Service Sign In).
Other Links You May Need
- About Us (discusses information about the Data Bank, confidentiality, and security)
- When to Self-Query (Search for Your Own Reports) (contains general information on when and how to search for reports)
- Start a Self-Query (lets you jump directly into the process of finding out if any reports are filed on you)
- Helpful Hints for Submitting a Self-Query (helps you search for reports and tells you how to fill out the required fields correctly)
- How to Interpret Your Self-Query Results (helps you to understand your self-query results)
- Check Your Report (takes you directly into the process of responding to a report)
- About Responding to Reports (provides general information about the dispute process and how to go about it)
- Billing and Fees (explains and lists fees for self-queries)
* The term "practitioner" includes health care practitioners, health care entities, providers, or suppliers, particularly when referring to self-querying or responding to reports.