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Confidentiality of NPDB Information

Under HCQIA, information reported to the NPDB is considered confidential and cannot be disclosed except as specified in the NPDB regulations. The Privacy Act of 1974 protects from disclosure the contents of Federal records, such as those contained in the NPDB. Authorized queriers must use NPDB information solely for the purposes for which it was provided. The HHS OIG can impose civil monetary penalties on those who violate the confidentiality provisions. Persons, organizations, or entities that receive NPDB information either directly or indirectly are subject to the confidentiality provisions and the imposition of a civil monetary penalty of up to $11,000 for each offense if they violate these provisions. In this Annual Report, data from the records are aggregated and do not disclose the identity of the practitioners or entities in the NPDB.