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The NPDB and HIPDB Have Merged

Merge SignThe National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB) merged into one Data Bank: the NPDB. The Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on April 5, 2013. The merger became effective on May 6, 2013.

The new website, which is http://www.npdb.hrsa.gov, should be bookmarked. Data Bank fact sheets, newsletter articles, and additional merger-related resources are available as well.

Merger Information

What Does the Data Bank Merger Mean for Users?

Essentially, there is no change to the reporting workflow or requirements, but users' query results may include reports that were not previously available to them. The HIPDB information was integrated into the NPDB, meaning that users who only queried the NPDB may receive expanded access to Data Bank information. If a user queried both the NPDB and HIPDB prior to the merger, their query results after the merger have not changed. Below are the changes that each user group may experience:

The fees for querying the Data Bank will be the same after the merger becomes effective. The annual subscription fee for Continuous Query will continue to be $3.25 per practitioner enrolled. Traditional Query (also known as One-Time Query) will remain $4.75 per query. There are no plans to change the query fees at this time; however, if fees change, the Data Bank will publish information in the Federal Register and notify users. If you are a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital facility, please contact the Customer Service Center for additional information about fees.

Specific merger questions can be sent to the NPDB Policy Staff at NPDBPolicy@hrsa.gov. For technical assistance or general questions, please contact the NPDB Customer Service Center at 1-800-767-6732 or help@npdb.hrsa.gov.

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