Incomplete Office of Inspector General Exclusion Reports Undermine Usefulness of the National Practitioner Data Bank

Citizen – June 4, 2013

Reports Are Critical for Background Checks on Doctors and Other Health Providers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Incomplete information in as many as 50,000 reports provided to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) by a key federal agency undermines the usefulness of the data bank, which serves as a national clearinghouse of transgressions by physicians and other health care providers that are critical to employment and credentialing decisions, a new Public Citizen report shows.

Because of problems with the reports provided to the NPDB by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), entities using the data bank to conduct background checks may not learn that health care providers have been excluded from Medicare or Medicaid for such things as substandard services and fraud. Read More