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Health workers' disciplinary actions in data bank

March 24 2010

Healthcare staffing firms may qualify for access to the National Practitioner Data Bank, a national database with information on disciplinary actions and other matters taken against doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers.

Information includes medical malpractice payments, license revocations, license suspensions, reprimands, adverse clinical privileging actions and more. The database is run through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"We are pleased that healthcare staffing firms will now have access to the NPDB," said Mark Stagen, president of the National Association of Travel Healthcare Organizations and CEO of Emerald Health Services. "This will enable our industry to continue providing the highest quality healthcare professionals to our clients."

To access the databank, an organization must be a hospital, a professional society that follows a formal peer review process or a healthcare entity that provides healthcare services and follows a formal peer review process. Staffing firms could qualify in the healthcare entity category.

For more information on qualifying for access to the database, go to the National Practitioner Data Bank's Web site by clicking here.

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