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Can health centers report or query on health care practitioners who are not physicians or dentists?

Yes. The healthcare community has valuable information to gain by increasing the type of information available through the NPDB. The definition of health care practitioner per the NPDB Guidebook includes any individual who is licensed or otherwise authorized by a State to provide health care services. Health Centers are only required to report clinical privileges actions taken against physicians and dentists; however, they may report clinical privileges actions taken against other types of practitioners. Some reporting entities, including medical malpractice payers, are required to report adverse actions taken against any health care practitioner. The most commonly reported profession to the NPDB is actually nurses, not physicians. Health Centers may query on all types of health care practitioners.

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