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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: Reporting Medical Malpractice Payments

  1. A hospital and a health care practitioner were named in a medical malpractice claim. Further review revealed that the practitioner had never treated the plaintiff who filed the claim. The practitioner was dismissed from the lawsuit without condition. A settlement on behalf of the hospital was reached and a payment was made to the plaintiff to resolve the claim. The release stated that the defendant health care practitioner was dismissed from the lawsuit prior to settlement and the payment was being made on behalf of the hospital. Is this payment reportable to the NPDB?

    No. Because the health care practitioner had been dismissed from the action independently of the settlement or release, the payment cannot be viewed as being made for the benefit of the health care practitioner. The payment made on behalf of the hospital should not be reported to the NPDB.

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