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A Practitioner's Guide to the NPDB

Infographic of the practitioner's guide to the NPDB. A text only accessible version is below.
This is a printable version of the practitioners guide Infographic.

View the What if I Disagree With my Report? infographic

A Practitioner's Guide to the NPDB (Text-Only)

The National Practitioner Data Bank is a web-based repository of reports containing information on medical malpractice payments and certain adverse actions related to health care practitioners, providers, and suppliers.

How does the NPDB work?

  • Health care organizations, federal and state agencies, and others are required by law to submit reports.
  • Organizations query for reports when making licensing, hiring, and credentialing decisions.

The NPDB contains 1.8+ million reports (Figure as of December 2023).

How can I see my report?

Report Notification

We send a letter to practitioners when an organization submits a report about them. The letter has the report number and access code required to view the report.


Order a Self-Query online to view any reports that match your information.

What if I disagree?

See the What if I Disagree With My Report infographic for more information.

Modified Feb. 2024

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