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Executive Committee

The NPDB Executive Committee was established in February 1989 to provide from individual members guidance, recommendations for improvement, and health care expertise to the NPDB contractor on NPDB operations. No consensus advice or recommendations from group deliberation are provided. However, the committee, through its work with DPDB, provides valued, individual feedback on NPDB processes.

The committee is composed of 32 organizational representatives from HRSA and other Federal agencies, various health professions, national health organizations, State professional licensing agencies, medical malpractice insurers, and public advocacy organizations. The committee serves as a forum for these organizations that share a stake in the NPDB to discuss NPDB operations and policy. A chair and vice chair of the committee are elected for 2-year terms by Executive Committee members. Committee members from private organizations have 3-year renewable, staggered terms. Federal agencies, such as the Department of Defense and the HHS OIG, participate on the committee without term limits. The Executive Committee meets periodically with the contractor and DPDB. A webinar was held with the Executive Committee on May 2, 2012. The committee met in person on November 8, 2012, in Washington, DC, where an election of officers took place. The new incoming chair is Ralph W. Hale, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the new incoming vice chair is Lisa A. Robin, M.L.A., of the Federation of State Medical Boards.

Figure 2: Organizational Structure of the DPDB

Figure 2 DPDB organizational structure