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HRSA issues final rule on National Practitioner Data Bank

April 5, 2013

The Health Resources and Services Administration yesterday issued a final rule merging the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank into the National Practitioner Data Bank. Effective May 6, the final rule revises existing regulations governing the NPDB to incorporate statutory requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The rule does not affect reporting requirements or query access under the Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986, so existing requirements for hospitals and other health care entities will not change. The regulation does require the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a transition period to transfer all data in the HIPDB to the NPDB, and to cease operations of the HIPDB once completed.