When is conduct reportable? National Practitioner Data Bank takes complaints from hospitals about physicians

From amednews:

In an effort to promote patient safety across state lines, the National Practitioner Data Bank was created to give hospitals a snapshot of any issues with a physician’s history before credentialing. The idea behind the repository was to streamline a patchwork of state laws governing the reportability of adverse actions against a doctor’s privileges.

Some medical and legal experts say the data bank can be a helpful tool to ensure patient safety. But the complexities of the peer review process continue to create uncertainty as to when competence or conduct issues are reportable, with implications for the doctor whose name ends up on such a report, experts say.

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