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Public Use Data File


(Last Update: May 2014)

Read the Statement on the Public Use Data File by HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.

The NPDB Public Use Data File contains selected variables from medical malpractice payment and adverse licensure, clinical privileges, professional society membership, and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports (adverse actions) received by the NPDB concerning physicians, dentists, and other licensed health care practitioners. It also includes reports of Medicare and Medicaid exclusion actions taken by the Department of HHS Office of Inspector General.

This file is updated 4 times a year to include data as of March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31. The updated file is generally available within 2 months of the listed dates. The file that is currently available for download contains disclosable reports received from September 1, 1990 through March 31, 2014.

For detailed file description and format information, see the NPDB Public Use Data File Format Specifications (ASCII Version) (PDF - 350 KB) or the NPDB Public Use Data File Format Specifications (SPSS Version) (PDF - 380 KB).

Data Use Agreement

Note: This file does not include any information that identifies individual practitioners or reporting entities. The file is designed to provide data for statistical reporting and analysis only.

Federal law (42 U.S.C. § 11137(b)) requires HRSA to present the data in this file in a form that does not permit use of the data alone or in combination with other available information to identify any particular health care entity, physician, other health care practitioner or patient. Therefore as a condition of obtaining access to the data, users agree to:

  1. Not use the dataset alone or in combination with other data to identify any individual or entity or otherwise link information from this file with information in another dataset in a manner that includes the identity of an individual or entity;
  2. Upon the request of HRSA, return, delete or otherwise permanently dispose of all copies of the data in the dataset that are in their possession; and,
  3. Not repost the dataset and only report, disclose or post data from the dataset in connection with statistical reporting or analysis that does not identify any individual or entity.

By using these data, you signify your agreement to comply with the conditions stated above. Continued access to these data is dependent upon compliance with such conditions.

To Download

When downloading the Public Use Data File, your contact information is required. It is used only for statistical purposes and is not distributed to other parties. In addition, you must select from either file format - Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) or American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII).

To download the file, do the following:

  1. Enter your contact information. Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  2. Select the desired file format.
  3. Click Download File.
  4. Note: Approximate download time is 1 minute using LAN/Broadband, 25 minutes using 56K modem.

















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