A final rule published by the Department of Health and Human Services expanded the scope of the National Practitioner Data Bank to now include disciplinary information on all licensed health care professionals, including nurses, podiatrists, chiropractors, and physician assistants. Prior to this new rule, the databank, established under the federal Health Care Quality and Improvement Act of 1986, collected adverse findings only against physicians and dentists by state licensing agencies and credentialing bodies. Similar information involving other health professionals was collected in a separate reporting database.
Please see the attachment to read the final rule.
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