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Why the National Practitioner Data Bank Matters to You and Your Clients. Mark V. Gende, Esq. Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, PA Columbia, South Carolina. What is the NPDB?. Information clearing house Collect and release certain information Professional competence and conduct Physicians Dentists

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why the national practitioner data bank matters to you and your clients

Why the National Practitioner Data Bank Matters to You and Your Clients

Mark V. Gende, Esq.

Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, PA

Columbia, South Carolina

what is the npdb
What is the NPDB?
  • Information clearing house
  • Collect and release certain information
  • Professional competence and conduct
  • Physicians
  • Dentists
  • Other health care practitioners
why did congress create npdb
Why did Congress Create NPDB?
  • Increasing medical malpractice litigation
  • Need to improve quality of medical care
  • National problem states unable to address
  • Restrict incompetent physicians movement
  • Promote effective peer review by
    • Incentives (fines)
    • Protection (confidentiality)
  • Reduce health care fraud and abuse (NIPDB)
a brief history of the npdb
A Brief History of the NPDB
  • Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986 (Title IV)
  • Medicare and Medicaid Patient and Protection Act of 1987 (Section 1921; NPDB)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (Section 1128E; HIPDB)
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (merge NPDB and HIPDB)
the merger of npdb and nipdb
The Merger of NPDB and NIPDB
  • NIPDB consolidated with NPDB May 6, 2013
  • Final regulations published April 5, 2013, Codified at 45 CFR Part 60
  • Draft NPDB Guidebook published November 2013
  • Comment period on Revised NPDB Guidebook closes on February 5, 2014
  • New NPDB Guidebook will be posted at http://www.npdg.hrsa.gov
what about the npdb is important to litigators
What about the NPDB isimportant to litigators?
  • Basic reporting requirements
  • Basic querying access
  • Where you are likely to encounter the NPDB
  • The NPDB web site
basic reporting
Basic Reporting
  • Who is reported?
    • Physicians
    • Dentists
    • Other practitioners
    • Entities
    • Providers
    • Suppliers
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Basic Reporting
  • Who reports?
    • Medical malpractice payers
    • Hospitals
    • Other self-insured healthcare entities
    • Professional societies
    • Health plans
    • Peer review organizations
    • Various State and Federal agencies
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Basic Reporting
  • What is reported?
    • Medical malpractice payment from
      • A written claim
      • A judgment
    • Certain adverse clinical privileges actions
    • Certain adverse professional society membership actions
    • DEA controlled substances registration actions
    • Exclusions from Medicare, Medicaid
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Basic Reporting
  • When is a report made?
    • Within 30 days from
      • Date action taken
      • Date payment made
  • What are the basic report formats?
    • Medical Malpractice Payment Report (MMPR)
    • Judgment or Conviction Report
    • Adverse Action Report
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Basic Reporting
  • What is in a report?
    • Age of claimant
    • Sex of claimant
    • Patient type (in or out)
    • Initial Event (medical condition of patient)
    • Procedure performed
    • Claimant’s allegation
    • Associated legal and other issues
    • Outcome
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Basic Reporting
  • Example of a MMPR

A 65-year-old male outpatient had a prostate exam by Dr. A. Six months later, the patient was diagnosed by Dr. B with prostate cancer and underwent surgery. One year later, the patient sued Dr. A for alleged failure to diagnose. A settlement was reached in the amount of $250,000.

(Source: NPDG Guidebook, September 2001)

basic querying
Basic Querying
  • What is querying?
    • Ability to access NPDB reports
  • Who must/may/may not query?
    • Hospitals (must)
    • State licensing boards
    • Professional societies
    • Other health care entities
    • Attorneys
    • Physicians, dentists, practitioners concerning self
    • Medical malpractice payers (cannot)
attorney querying
Attorney Querying
  • Plaintiffs’ attorneys
    • Filed medical malpractice action/claim
    • Against hospital
    • Evidence reveals hospital failed to query
    • Practitioner also named in the action/claim
  • Defense attorneys
    • Not permitted to query
    • Defendant practitioner can self-query
npdb and the litigator
NPDB and the Litigator
  • Advise your client early about NPDB reporting
    • As it relates to settlement
    • As it relates to reporting
    • Memorialize your advice
  • Clients surprised by NPDB reporting
    • File grievances
    • May impact representation opportunities
      • With other medical providers
      • With your carrier
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NPDB and the Litigator
  • Carrier asks you to draft the report
    • Consult the Guidebook
    • Coordinate draft with carrier
    • Coordinate draft with client
    • Memorialize all communications
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NPDB and the Litigator
  • Challenging a filed report
    • Retained by a practitioner
    • Well defined appeals process
    • Typically courts have upheld the NPDB
leaning more about the npdb
Leaning More about the NPDB
  • The Draft NPDB Guidebook
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web site
    • http://www.npdb.hrsa.gov
    • Wealth of interesting statistical information
    • Statistical Data / NPDB research statistics
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