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Seven Things To Know When You Receive A Notice Of Investigation From The Department Of Health

Many Adverse NPDB Actions Are Reported That Should Not Be; Here Are Some Examples

We are constantly being contacted by physicians, nurse practitioners, and other licensed health professionals seeking to appeal adverse National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) reports.  Often, we find that an adverse report has been made when the matter should not have been.  Federal regulations and NPDB guidelines establish the types of incidents that are authorized to be reported to the NPDB.  When an employer or other organization makes an improper report, it should be challenged and removed.

Types of Matters That Are Not Authorized for NPDB Reports.

Following are some incidents for which we have seen adverse NPDB reports that were improperly made:
  • Physician or nurse practitioner employed by hospital fired.
  • Physician’s contract with a medical group or hospital terminated for cause.
  • Hospital medical staff takes action against a physician or nurse practitioner requiring that individual to take continuing education courses on a certain subject.
  • Physician’s clinical privileges are administratively suspended because of late medical records or notes.
  • Physician or nurse practitioner has clinical privileges summarily suspended for less than 30 days while an investigation or inquiry occurs.
  • Adverse action against or findings of substandard care made against an intern or resident physician are not reportable because they do not have clinical privileges.
  • Withdrawal of an initial application for clinical privileges in order to avoid a denial (note: not a renewal application, an initial application).
  • Adverse action a hospital takes based on the individual’s fees or advertising.
  • Payment of a medical malpractice settlement because a hospital, nurse, or different individual was negligent.
  • Termination of clinical privileges because of inability to obtain board certification or failure to meet other eligibility criteria.
  • Withdrawal of an initial application for a state license to avoid a denial (note: not a renewal application, an initial one).
  • Resigning from or allowing membership in a professional association to expire before a final adverse decision by that association is made is not reportable (note:  this is unlike the situation from hospital clinical privileges or action by a state licensing board).
  • Termination of clinical privileges or state license because of medical reasons.
There are many others. We see them all the time.

Improperly Reported to the NPDB?  Get a Lawyer and Challenge It!

If you are reported improperly to the NPDB, you need to retain the services of a good health lawyer experienced with NPDB issues.  An adverse NPDB report can follow you for life and can make future employment very difficult.  An experienced health lawyer will know exactly what to do to have the improper report removed.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late, Contact Experienced Health Law Attorneys.

The Health Law Firm attorneys routinely represent physicians, physician assistants (PAs), nurses, nurse practitioners (NPs), dentists and other health professionals in dealing with reports being made to the NPDB, disputing NPDB reports and appealing NPDB reports. They also handle hospital clinical privileges hearings, medical staff fair hearings, and medical staff peer reviews. Its attorneys include those who are board certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law as well as licensed health professionals who are also attorneys.
To contact The Health Law Firm, please call (407) 331-6620 or Toll-Free (888) 331-6620 and visit our website at

About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Avenue, Suite 1000, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620 or Toll-Free: (888) 331-6620.

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By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M.

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M.

Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

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