The HHS Health Resources and Services Administration has issued a final rule to revise governance regulations and expand the National Practitioner Data Bank.

NPDB collects adverse licensure actions against physicians and dentists, reported by malpractice insurers, state medical and dental boards, professional societies, provider organizations and health insurers. Provider organizations, medical/dental boards and other licensing bodies, Medicaid fraud control programs, state health agencies, quality improvement organizations and certain law enforcement agencies have access to the data. Practitioners and provider organizations can self-query the National Practitioner Data Bank.

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