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Overview Submitting Reports to the NPDB Reporting Medical Malpractice Payments Reporting Adverse Clinical Privileges Actions Reporting Adverse Professional Society Membership Actions Reporting State Licensure and Certification Actions Reporting Federal Licensure and Certification Actions Reporting Peer Review Organization Negative Actions or Findings Reporting Private Accreditation Organization Negative Actions or Findings Reporting Exclusions from Participation in Federal or State Health Care Programs Reporting Federal or State Health Care-Related Criminal Convictions Reporting Health Care-Related Civil Judgments Reporting Other Adjudicated Actions or Decisions

Q&A: Queries

  1. A hospital recently queried the NPDB on a physician who was subsequently granted privileges. If the hospital obtains written consent from the physician, may the hospital share the NPDB query results with another health care entity that is not part of the hospital's investigation or peer review process but is registered with the NPDB?

    No. The confidentiality provisions of Title IV, Section 1921, and Section 1128E allow an eligible entity receiving information from the NPDB to disclose the information to others who are part of the investigation or peer review process, as long as the information is used for the purpose for which it was provided. Sharing the practitioner's query with a health care entity that is not part of the hospital's investigation or peer review process would violate the confidentiality provisions of the NPDB, regardless of the written consent from the physician. The other registered health care entity may perform its own query, as authorized by NPDB statutes and regulations.

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