National Practitioner Data Bank Web Seminar DVD
A new tool for hospital human resources



Web Seminar Recorded Live October 7, 2010
Program Rated 3.9 out of 5 by participants 

Hospitals are expected to conduct thorough background checks on potential employees. But routine checks may not always show everything you need to know — especially when it concerns patient care.

A new tool with national range
Hospitals nationwide now have access to more information on their current and potential employees through the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). The NPDB is a federal program established in 1986 to provide hospitals and other health care entities with information regarding adverse licensure actions taken against physicians and dentists. While hospital medical staff coordinators have been using the NPDB for years, this is a new tool for human resources. As of March 1, 2010, NPDB has expanded their data to include adverse licensure action on any health care professional licensed by a state including nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and others.

Why participate?
By tapping into the NPDB hospitals can screen for potential problem employees or applicants with a history of misconduct that might not be available through a regular background check. Having this knowledge in advance will help protect patients and the hospital.

What you will learn

  • Why the NPDB can be a useful tool for human resources
  • How to establish an account, access the information, fees for use
  • What information will and will not be available, and why
  • The differences between voluntary and mandatory querying and reporting

Recommended for
Human resources executives, chief operating officers, chief nursing officers and directors, legal counsel and risk managers.


Dorise Blatt, Health Policy Analyst, Division of Practitioner Data Banks, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration

Gail Blanchard-Saiger, Vice President, Labor and Employment, California Hospital Association