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Self-Query Basics

The NPDB offers a Self-Query Service for health care professionals and organizations. The service allows health care practitioners, entities, providers, or suppliers to request information about themselves contained in the NPDB.

The Self-Query Service searches to see if information an individual or entity provides in the self-query request matches any report information previously submitted to the NPDB. The response to a self-query request may show that no information was found in the NPDB, or it may show that information about medical malpractice payments, adverse licensure or privileges actions, or judgments and convictions was found. If such information is found, the NPDB's response to the self-query request will include a copy of all report information.

This page explains how individuals use the Self-Query Service. If you are requesting a self-query for an organization you will use the same service but you will follow the offline process to verify your identity.

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Show Answer How to get a self-query response
  1. Complete the self-query form online. Enter the requested information and indicate whether you want a copy mailed to you, in addition to receiving an email message informing you that an electronic copy is available.
    Be ready to provide:
    • Identifying information such as name, date of birth, Social Security number
    • State health care license information (if you are licensed)
    • Credit or debit card information for the $5.00 fee (charged for each copy you request)
  2. After you complete the form, you will be prompted by the system to verify your identity. In most cases this is an electronic process. If you are unable or unwilling to verify your identity electronically, the system will display instructions on how to verify your identity offline. If you request a self-query for your organization you will follow the process to verify your identity offline.
  3. Once your identity is verified, the NPDB will process your request. When results are available, the NPDB will send you an email notification with instructions to view your self-query response online. In many cases when online verification is used, results are available in real time for immediate online viewing. A printed version will also be mailed out the next business day.

Updated July 2015

Show Answer What you receive in the mail

In addition to the online response, if you requested paper copies of your response, the NPDB will send them to you in separate envelopes by U.S. mail within one business day after your online response is available.

If an organization or employer requests a sealed copy of your self-query response, do not open the envelope from the NPDB. Include the unopened envelope with the correspondence you send the organization or employer, such as a state license application. The NPDB is prevented by law from sending reports directly to a third party.

Updated July 2014

Show Answer What is reported to the NPDB

The NPDB receives and discloses reports on health care practitioners submitted by authorized organizations as mandated by Federal law. These laws determine the types of actions that can or must be reported to the NPDB. A detailed list of reportable actions is available in the NPDB Guidebook.

Updated July 2014

Show Answer Self-query for the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank

The NPDB and Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB) merged into a single Data Bank in May 2013. All NPDB and HIPDB reports are now consolidated within the NPDB. Your self-query result incorporates HIPDB information as well as NPDB information in a single response.

Updated July 2014

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