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The Latest Version of NPDB Insights is Now Available!
(7/6/2016)
This NPDB Insights answers a reportability question, introduces a Self-Query enhancement that allows document uploading, and discusses the expanded attestation initiative.
The Latest Version of NPDB Insights is Now Available!
(6/1/2016)
This NPDB Insights answers a reportability question, introduces the NPDB's new infographic series, and discusses the confidentiality of NPDB information.
Public Use Data File Updated
(5/16/2016)
The NPDB Public Use Data File has been updated to include disclosable statistical report information received from September 1, 1990 through March 31, 2016. The file does not contain any information that identifies individual practitioners or reporting entitites and is designed for statistical analysis only.
The Latest Version of NPDB Insights is Now Available!
(5/4/2016)
This NPDB Insights discusses how the NPDB is working for you, answers a reportability question, and advises organizations with recently-changed information.
The Latest Version of NPDB Insights is Now Available!
(4/6/2016)
This NPDB Insights answers a reportability question, informs users about the benefits of query pre-payment, and discusses the newest webpages you may have missed.
The Latest Version of NPDB Insights is Now Available!
(3/2/2016)
This NPDB Insights introduces the revamped Information for Attorneys page, answers a reportability question, explains how an organization can benefit from designating more than one Data Bank administrator, and informs users of an upcoming security update that may affect them.
Public Use Data File Updated
(02/16/2016)
The NPDB Public Use Data File has been updated to include disclosable statistical report information received from September 1, 1990 through December 31, 2015. The file does not contain any information that identifies individual practitioners or reporting entitites and is designed for statistical analysis only.
Information for Attorneys Page Enhanced
(2/4/2016)
The NPDB has revamped the Information for Attorneys page, which now contains more robust guidance and useful links for attorneys about what should be reported to the NPDB, what they may access in the NPDB (and how), and other information.
The Latest Version of NPDB Insights is Now Available!
(2/3/2016)
This NPDB Insights reviews the web enhancements and updates of 2015, introduces the new NPDB Help Center, and describes why readers should use NPI numbers when querying and reporting.
The Latest Version of NPDB Insights is Now Available!
(1/6/2016)
This NPDB Insights informs users about their login information reset/retrieval options, discusses guidance about the reporting of nurse aide registry findings, and answers a question about the withdrawal of an initial application for medical staff appointment.
Querying and Reporting Enhancements Go Into Effect!
(12/21/2015)
The NPDB has enhanced the look of querying and reporting, and improved the workflow for agents and Credentials Verification Organizations (CVOs). See our agent enhancements webpage for more details.
The Latest Version of NPDB Insights is Now Available!
(12/9/2015)
This NPDB Insights introduces querying and reporting enhancements, informs users about clarified administrative fee guidance, and discusses what should be done when an NPDB user leaves an organization.
Public Use Data File Updated
(11/19/2015)
The NPDB Public Use Data File has been updated to include disclosable statistical report information received from September 1, 1990 through September 30, 2015. The file does not contain any information that identifies individual practitioners or reporting entitites and is designed for statistical analysis only.
The Latest Version of NPDB Insights is Now Available!
(11/11/2015)
This NPDB Insights introduces the enhanced Frequently Asked Questions page, informs users about the Management Tools page's new name (Account Administration), and tells state boards how they can provide up-to-date Self-Query instructions.
The Latest Version of NPDB Insights is Now Available!
(10/7/2015)
This NPDB Insights answers a reportability question, explains the difference between a correction and a revision to a report, and discusses malpractice payments and high-low agreements.
The Latest Version of NPDB Insights is Now Available!
(9/16/2015)
This NPDB Insights introduces exciting enhancements coming for agent organizations, celebrates 25 years of NPDB service, and details the usability benefits of the e-Guidebook.
The August NPDB News is Now Available!
(8/17/2015)
The August 2015 NPDB News alerts users to the ability to upload renewal documents, discusses the benefits of report forwarding, and details what you need to know about querying other organizations.
Public Use Data File Updated
(8/13/2015)
The NPDB Public Use Data File has been updated to include disclosable statistical report information received from September 1, 1990 through June 30, 2015. The file does not contain any information that identifies individual practitioners or reporting entitites and is designed for statistical analysis only.
The July NPDB News is Now Available!
(7/8/2015)
The July 2015 NPDB News reminds readers about the e-Guidebook, gives readers technology tips to improve their web browsing experience, and explains how to interpret Continuous Query responses.
The e-Guidebook is Available!
(6/29/2015)
The e-Guidebook (the web version of the NPDB Guidebook) is now available. The content is the same as the PDF Guidebook, but you no longer need to download a PDF to view the Guidebook's content. The e-Guidebook features easy-to-navigate chapters, a search function for the Guidebook pages only, easy-to-open links to other sections, and the ability to print just one section.
NPDB Research and Data Updated!
(6/19/2015)
The NPDB Research Statistics and the Data Analysis Tool were updated to reflect all existing "Other" fields of licensure, and to reflect updated data from 2014. If you have issues with how the web pages display, try changing your browser settings, refreshing the page, or clearing the browser cache. For optimal viewing we recommend that you download the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer (IE) for the fastest experience with not only the NPDB website, but with all websites.
The June NPDB News is Now Available!
(6/3/2015)
The June 2015 NPDB News informs users about the NPDB's "suggestion box" email address, details the benefits of the new and improved Guidebook, gives tips for getting the most out of your query, and links users to the newest educational videos.
NPDB Enhancements!
(6/1/2015)
Users will now notice a consolidated, easier-to-use query form for One-Time Query for single names, as well as for Continuous Query. In addition, query results for these transactions, in most cases, will be shown immediately after submission - no need to come back later to view the query result on the View Responses screen.
Public Use Data File Updated
(5/18/2015)
The NPDB Public Use Data File has been updated to include disclosable statistical report information received from September 1, 1990 through March 31, 2015. The file does not contain any information that identifies individual practitioners or reporting entitites and is designed for statistical analysis only.
The May NPDB News is Now Available!
(5/6/2015)
The May 2015 NPDB News informs users about upcoming homepage and query form enhancements, shares the email address to which users may send their suggestions, reminds users about the benefits of Continuous Query, and details the role users play in protecting NPDB data.
The updated NPDB Guidebook is now available!
(4/6/2015)
The new NPDB Guidebook is now available, featuring updated policy guidance.
The April NPDB News is Now Available!
(4/1/2015)
The April 2015 NPDB News introduces users to the enhancements that will go into effect starting April 20, 2015: new online self-service options to retrieve a DBID or User ID, a streamlined Self-Query workflow, and the ability to pre-pay for queries.
The March NPDB News is Now Available!
(3/4/2015)
The March 2015 NPDB News reminds users about the upcoming in-person NPDB Spring 2015 Education Forum, informs readers why state licensing board actions do not have to be final to be reported to the NPDB, and discusses the reportability of clinical privileges actions.
Public Use Data File Updated
(2/25/2015)
The NPDB Public Use Data File has been updated to include disclosable statistical report information received from September 1, 1990 through December 31, 2014. The file does not contain any information that identifies individual practitioners or reporting entitites and is designed for statistical analysis only.
The February NPDB News is Now Available!
(2/4/2015)
The February 2015 NPDB News provides updates about the NPDB's compliance efforts, puts the spotlight on medical malpractice payment reporting scenarios, and details the two methods by which a practitioner may perform a Self-Query.
The January Data Bank News is Now Available!
(1/7/2015)
The January 2015 Data Bank News shares highlights from the Data Bank user survey results, informs users about the upcoming Spring 2015 Education Forum and new educational video series, and explains the relationship of Credentials Verification Organizations to the Data Bank.
Public Use Data File Updated
(12/22/2014)
The NPDB Public Use Data File has been updated to include disclosable statistical report information received from September 1, 1990 through September 30, 2014. The file does not contain any information that identifies individual practitioners or reporting entitites and is designed for statistical analysis only.
The December Data Bank News is Now Available!
(12/3/2014)
The December 2014 Data Bank News shares information about the Affordable Care Act, details how the Florida Department of Health adopted Continuous Query for all Data Bank queries, and informs users about the Division of Practitioner Data Bank's customer support video resource series, as well as the upcoming Spring 2015 Education Forum.
The November Data Bank News is Now Available!
(11/5/2014)
The November 2014 Data Bank News details the upcoming reporting enhancements, answers Data Bank administrators' top questions, and informs users about the Data Bank moving to the cloud.
Data Bank Users Should Plan for Upcoming System Unavailability
(10/17/2014)
The Data Bank system will be undergoing system upgrades and will be unavailable from 7:00pm Thursday, November 13, 2014 until 8:00am Tuesday, November 18, 2014. The Data Bank website's querying and reporting functionality, QRXS, Self-Query Service, and the Report Response Service will be inaccessible during this time. Please prepare accordingly and complete all essential Data Bank activities before 7:00pm on Thursday, November 13th. The Customer Service Center will operate during normal business hours and may be reached by telephone at 1-800-767-6732 or by email at help@npdb.hrsa.gov.
The October Data Bank News is Now Available!
(10/1/2014)
The October 2014 Data Bank News alerts users to the reduced query fees, reminds users about the upcoming State Licensing Board Orientation Webinar, and introduces an upcoming education forum. It also summarizes recent changes that should be reflected in organizations' Self-Query guidance, details user-prompted enhancements, and discusses confidentiality and authorized agents.
The September Data Bank News is Now Available!
(9/2/2014)
The September 2014 Data Bank News alerts users to two important upcoming events, discusses the research statistics that have been updated, compares authorized agent and delegated credentialing relationships, and helps readers understand what is reportable to the Data Bank regarding medical malpractice payments.
Public Use Data File Updated
(08/07/2014)
The NPDB Public Use Data File has been updated to include disclosable statistical report information received from September 1, 1990 through June 30, 2014. The file does not contain any information that identifies individual practitioners or reporting entitites and is designed for statistical analysis only.
The August Data Bank News is now available!
(8/5/2014)
The August 2014 Data Bank News announces the upcoming query fee reduction, details how Continuous Query saves organizations time and money, and illustrates the benefits of Report Forwarding.
The July Data Bank News is Now Available!
(7/1/2014)
The July 2014 Data Bank News issue tells third-party software users about an upcoming change that will affect them, details report type terminology, illustrates the differences between Data Bank administrators and Data Bank users, and offers an email address to which users can send webinar topics they would like to see in the future.
Statistical Data Have Been Refreshed
(6/20/2014)
The NPDB Research Statistics and Data Analysis Tool have been updated to reflect data through 2013.
The NPDB Research Statistics pages display statistics for NPDB Medical Malpractice Payment Reports (MMPR) and Adverse Action Reports (AAR) reported on all practitioners by location for the years 2003 through 2013. The Data Analysis Tool, including data for years 1990 through 2013, permits users to perform specific data analyses and create their own customized data tables without using statistical software.
The June 2014 Data Bank News is Now Available!
(6/4/2014)
The June 2014 Data Bank News details enforcement of SSN and ITIN validation rules; guides users on how to get query responses more quickly; explains how to use public information to help complete a report; and features an interview with Krishna, a Data Bank Technology Specialist.
Public Use Data File Updated
(05/09/2014)
The NPDB Public Use Data File has been updated to include disclosable statistical report information received from September 1, 1990 through March 31, 2014. The file does not contain any information that identifies individual practitioners or reporting entitites and is designed for statistical analysis only.
The May 2014 Data Bank News is Now Available!
(5/7/2014)
The May 2014 Data Bank News celebrates one year since the Data Bank merged, explores the latest compliance updates, announces an outstanding group performance award, and discusses a new feature on the query form: address validation.
Data Bank to Reduce Query Fees
(4/21/2014)
Starting October 1, 2014, the new fee to query the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) will be $3.00 for both Continuous and One-Time Queries, and $5.00 for Self-Queries. All other aspects of querying and reporting will remain the same. For more information, please see the announcement in the Federal Register.
Results of Recent Licensing Authority Compliance Review
(4/4/2014)
The April 1, 2014 compliance status posting is now live on the NPDB website! Data Bank staff worked carefully with licensing boards from 13 states to complete the review. This is part of a two year comprehensive approach to review all state licensing boards' adherence to federal requirements to report certain licensure actions to the Data Bank. To view the results of this effort, please visit the Data Bank Compliance Map.
The following is a summary of the results of the most recent effort.
The Compliance Branch team reviewed 415 professions.
  1. 95.4% (396 of 415) of professions are Compliant
  2. 1.0% (4 of 415) of professions are Non-Compliant
  3. 1.7% (7 of 415) of professions are Working Toward Compliance
  4. 1.9% (8 of 415) of professions are Under Review
For background information about the licensing board compliance efforts, including the definitions of each status, please read the background details.
The Compliance Branch team acknowledges and appreciates the responsiveness and cooperation of licensing board staff and leadership during this review process.
The April 2014 Data Bank News is Now Available!
(4/2/2014)
The April 2014 Data Bank News shares news about a recent award the Data Bank received, discusses the option of multiple Data Bank administrators, and informs readers of the recent presentation the Data Bank made at the Health Care Compliance Association's annual conference.
The March 2014 Data Bank News is Available!
(3/5/2014)
The March 2014 Data Bank News highlights how Continuous Query eases the credentialing process, introduces readers to a Data Bank Public Health Analyst, and answers the most common password-related questions.
Public Use Data File Updated
(02/10/2014)
The NPDB Public Use Data File has been updated to include disclosable statistical report information received from September 1, 1990 through December 31, 2013. The file does not contain any information that identifies individual practitioners or reporting entitites and is designed for statistical analysis only.
Public Comment Period on Revised NPDB Guidebook Closes
(2/7/2014)
January 31 marked the end of the extended public comment period for the revised NPDB Guidebook. The draft Guidebook was first released for public comment in November 2013.
The Data Bank received more than 300 suggestions for changes to the draft Guidebook from more than two dozen individuals and organizations. All comments are now being reviewed in an effort to refine the draft.
Once suggestions have been incorporated and the internal review process is complete, the Data Bank will post the new Guidebook on its website. The posting will be announced on the website's home page and in the Federal Register.
The Data Bank thanks everyone who took the time to make suggestions that will lead to a clearer and improved NPDB Guidebook.
The February 2014 Data Bank News is Available!
(2/5/2014)
The February 2014 Data Bank News details password and new user registration enhancements, discusses the NPDB user survey now in progress, and reminds readers about the Affordable Care Act and its web resources.
Survey of NPDB Users
(1/17/2014)
The Data Bank and its parent agency, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will soon begin a research effort to gather feedback about organizations' experiences with the Data Bank. Over the next few weeks, entities may receive an email from the Data Bank containing a link to the survey. Please consider completing this confidential survey, as your feedback is important to us, and will help us in our efforts to continually improve the Data Bank with your input in mind.
The January 2014 Data Bank News is Available!
(1/8/2014)
The January 2014 Data Bank News looks back at some of the NPDB's major events in 2013, informs users of agent query and transaction lookup enhancements, and details the NPDB Customer Service Center's availability and services.
Draft NPDB Guidebook Open for Public Comment - Comment Period Extended
(1/3/2014)
The NPDB Guidebook was recently revised. The new Guidebook incorporates legislative and regulatory changes adopted since its last edition, including the merger of the NPDB with the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank. The revised Guidebook offers Data Bank users more and clearer examples of when and how to report and query; more useful tables explaining Data Bank policies; and links to statutes, regulations, and this website.
On December 27, 2013, the Health Resources and Services Administration announced in the Federal Register the release of a draft of the revised user Guidebook for public comment before the final version is published. Comments may be submitted through January 31, 2014.
To receive an electronic PDF copy of the draft Guidebook, please email the Division of Practitioner Data Bank at NPDBPolicy@hrsa.gov. You will receive the draft Guidebook within one business day of your request. After review, you can submit comments to the same email address: NPDBPolicy@hrsa.gov. All comments will be collected via email rather than in hard copy form.
When submitting remarks, the Data Bank requests that commenters:
  • Reference the page number(s) each comment addresses;
  • Ensure comments are specific and relate to the clarity of the NPDB Guidebook's content, because regulatory or statutory concerns are beyond the scope of this comment process; and
  • Address your remarks to Ms. Ernia Hughes, Acting Director of the Division of Practitioner Data Bank.
The Data Bank appreciates your input and looks forward to providing the Data Bank community with a comprehensive and resourceful Guidebook.

Past news is available in the archive.

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