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NPDB Insights - May 2024

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Is It Reportable?

A physician holding courtesy privileges in a hospital applied for and was granted full staff privileges. As a condition of staff privileges, the physician is required to be on-call in the emergency department for one weekend a month. Due to personal reasons, the physician told the hospital he would not be able to fulfill his emergency department commitment. The physician did not miss any on-call duties. The hospital and physician eventually agreed to change his clinical privileges from full staff to courtesy (with no professional review of the matter). Should this be reported to the NPDB?

No. This change in clinical privileges should not be reported because it is not the result of a professional review action based on the physician's professional competence or conduct that affects or could adversely affect the health or welfare of a patient.

Why Choose Continuous Query?

Using Continuous Query for Applicants, Locum Tenens, and Temporary Practitioners

Did you know that using Continuous Query allows you to manage temporary practitioners?

When enrolling a practitioner in Continuous Query, at the bottom of the Subject Information page, you can select the type of practitioner: "privileged staff or employee," "temporary or locum tenens," or "applicant."

Type of Practitioner Selection

After selecting "temporary or locum tenens" or "applicant," you must enter a planned cancellation date for the enrollment, which can be changed if your organization extends its relationship with the practitioner. You can convert an active "applicant" enrollment to a "privileged staff or employee" enrollment by selecting that option to update the applicant's status, at no additional cost. This removes the "applicant" status and planned cancellation date from the enrollment. The enrollment will be active until it expires or is canceled.

Entity Subject Identification Number

Entity Subject Identification Numbers are unique numbers you can assign to your enrolled practitioners. They are unique internal reference numbers you can add to any enrollment. A unique number makes it easy to locate a specific enrollment from your list.

Why Choose Continuous Query?

24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Continuous Query keeps you informed about your enrolled practitioners. Unlike a One-Time Query, which only provides a snapshot of information about your practitioner, Continuous Query allows you to receive email notifications within 24 hours of a report received by the NPDB. Like a One-Time Query, Continuous Query meets legal and accreditation requirements for querying the NPDB.

Visit our How to Use Continuous Query page to learn more.



One of our practitioners only has temporary privileges. Do I still have to report actions taken against him or her?

Yes, reporting is required in this situation. For reporting purposes, the NPDB does not distinguish between temporary privileges and clinical privileges. You must submit a report if your organization takes a reportable action against a practitioner who holds temporary privileges.

Do not submit a report to the NPDB if all of the following are true: 1) a practitioner is given temporary privileges for a specific amount of time with no opportunity for renewal, 2) both the practitioner and the privileging party agree that those privileges are temporary, and 3) those privileges expire while the practitioner is under investigation. In this scenario, there is no opportunity to renew the temporary privileges, so the expiration of the privileges while under investigation cannot be considered a nonrenewal or surrender of clinical privileges while under investigation.

However, an actual surrender of active privileges while under investigation – even if those privileges are temporary – must be reported.

See the Temporary Clinical Privileges section of the NPDB Guidebook for more information. For more examples of when to report temporary privileges, see the following Q&As:

My practitioner applied for temporary privileges. Do I have to query on the practitioner?

Yes. Hospitals must, and other entities may, query any time they grant a practitioner clinical privileges, even if those privileges are temporary.

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