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How to Understand Your Report

Below is an overview of the important information included in the header, summary, sections A–F, and the footer of an NPDB report:

  • Header : At the top of each report, you will find the Data Bank Control Number (DCN), process date, page number, your name, and the reporting organization's name.
  • Summary of Action : The report begins by highlighting the basic information about the subject of the report, type of report, and action details:
    • Subject's name
    • Name of the organization that submitted the report
    • Date of the action
    • Type of action (State Licensure Action, Clinical Privilege Action, Health Plan Action, etc.)
    • Basis for action
    • Related reports (if any)
  • Section A : Reporting Entity lists the contact information for the organization that submitted the report and identifies the type of report as initial, revision, or correction.
  • Section B : Subject Identification Information provides information on you (the subject) of the report, including date of birth, education, state license number, and other identifiers. The reporting organization provides the Subject Identification Information in the report to the NPDB.
  • Section C : Information Reported explains the incident that occurred, as well as when and why the action was taken. This section will display differing information depending on the type of action.
  • Section D : Subject Statement contains additional information provided by the subject of the report.
  • Section E : Report Status indicates whether or not the report is being disputed by you (the subject) and provides the status of the dispute when needed.
  • Section F: Supplemental Identification Information on File will show any additional subject identification information in the NPDB like a maiden name, additional license number, or a National Provider Identifier. If there is no supplemental information, this section will not appear in the report.
  • Footer : The end of each report displays the law that requires the action be reported: Title IV, Section 1921, or Section 1128E.