Thursday, December 15, 2011

Law Enforcement Can Access Data Bank Without Doctors' Knowledge

From the article: "Physicians and other health professionals no longer will be notified if someone accesses information about them through the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) for an investigation, according to a federal rule that takes effect Dec. 23...Law enforcement agencies are authorized to see information on adverse actions against physicians such as medical board disciplinary actions and peer review sanctions. ...Health professionals who query the NPDB on themselves now are notified of anyone who requested information about them. Doctors can't control information sent to the NPDB, but they have the right to object to anything they believe is inaccurate." Read more

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Federal Register, Vol. 76, No. 226, Nov. 23, 2011