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