The NPDB: Improving Patient Safety Since 1990 – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care. – (866) 348-2889
Did you know that the NPDB was created in response to patient safety concerns? In 1986 Congress passed legislation to create the NPDB after recognizing the dual needs of both improving health care oversight nationwide and restricting the ability of health care practitioners to move from state to state without discovery or disclosure of their past performance. In September of 1990, the NPDB opened as a repository of reports containing information on medical malpractice payments and certain adverse actions related to health care practitioners, providers, and suppliers (providers and suppliers were added later, following subsequent legislation).
For more than 27 years, the NPDB has been collecting, maintaining, and disseminating reports on practitioners and health care organizations. As of December 2017, the NPDB contains reports on more than 441,000 malpractice payments, 928,000 adverse actions, and 33,000 judgments or convictions. Healthcare organizations query the NPDB to make informed decisions for employment, privileging and credentialing, and/or licensing.