National Practitioner Database (NPDB)
The NPDB is a confidential information clearinghouse with the primary goal of improving health care quality, protecting the public, and reducing health care fraud and abuse in the U.S. This data bank is a web-based repository of reports that are available in real-time serving primarily as a national flagging system, providing information for comprehensive reviews of the credentials of health care practitioners, entities, providers, and suppliers. Federal law provides that any adverse action taken by the licensing authority of the state as a result of a formal proceeding is reportable to NPDB within 30 days of the action. Although the NPDB is defined as a confidential information clearinghouse, certain entities may query the NPDB with the primary goal of improving health care quality, protecting the public and reducing health care fraud and abuse in the U.S. The general public cannot obtain information from the NPDB regarding a nurse.