National data banks merge

July 1, 2013

In accordance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB) merged into one data bank. The merged data bank will be referred to as the NPDB, and the merger was effective May 6, 2013.

Since 1999, the HIPDB has served as a national health care fraud and abuse data collection bank for certain final adverse actions taken against health care practitioners, providers, and suppliers.

The NPDB was established in 1986 and has been used to collect reports of adverse licensure actions against physicians and dentists (including revocations, suspensions, reprimands, censures, probations, and surrenders); adverse clinical privileges actions; adverse professional society membership actions; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) certification actions; Medicare/Medicaid exclusions; and medical malpractice payments made for the benefit of any health care practitioner.

The ACA called for the merging of these two data banks to eliminate duplication.

During this merger, all information previously housed in the HIPDB will be transferred to the NPDB. Once this transfer is complete, the HIPDB will cease operations. All information previously collected and disclosed through the HIPDB will be collected and disclosed through the NPDB.

All security standards currently in place to protect the confidentiality of information in the data banks will be retained and no new information will be collected based on this merger.

Organizations previously responsible for reporting adverse actions to both the NPDB and HIPDB will now only need to submit one report per action.

Following the merger, optometrists and other health care practitioners will still have the ability to self-query the database at www.npdb.hrsa.gov.

Additional Resources

Q&A from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Database Merger Video Presentation from HRSA

NPDB and HIPDB Regulations 

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