National Practitioner Data Bank Expanded Reporting Parameters
Elizabeth A. Snelson represents medical staffs across the country, focusing on medical staff bylaws and credentialing, and works for medical societies on medical staff issues. A frequent speaker on medical staff legal issues, Ms. Snelson presents at medical staff leadership retreats, and in programs sponsored by state medical staff services associations and medical societies, the American Medical Association, the American Bar Association, and other organizations. She is Past President of the American Society of Medical Association Counsel, Vice President of the ABA’s Physician Issues Interest Group, and serves Of Counsel to the Minneapolis law firm of Lockridge GrindalNauen. She was a member of the Joint Commission’s MS 01.01.01 Task Force. Her articles on medical staff legal issues have appeared in various publications. She is the author of The Physicians’ Guide to Medical Staff Organization Bylaws, published by AMA, the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Model Medical Staff Bylaws, the North Carolina Medical Society’s Model Medical Staff Bylaws, and other model medical staff documents.
Hospitals must file a National Practitioner Data Bank report on any physician’s surrender of privileges if an investigation is underway. This has always been a Data Bank reporting requirement, intended to discourage plea bargains which allowed physicians to avoid being reported if they agreed to waive hearing rights. Under the new Guidebook, expanded descriptions of “investigation” and “surrender” stretch what is to be considered a reportable surrender of privileges. OPPE and FPPE and another peer review can be affected, as are physicians’ ability to make practice decisions without inadvertently tripping Data Bank reporting triggers. Medical staff bylaws and policies need to be reworked under the new Data Bank Guidebook.
The National Practitioner Data Bank collects reports of physician disciplinary actions taken by hospitals. The reporting requirements have just been expanded by the federal government.
- National Practitioner Data Bank Guidebook changes
- Hospital reporting requirements
- Medical staff bylaws problems
- Peer review process issues
- Physician credentialing
Course Level - Basic to Fundamental
Who Should Attend
Medical Staff President/Chief of Staff, Bylaws Committee, Credentialing Committee, Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Chief of Staff, Director of Medical Staff, Medical Staff Attorney, Hospital Counsel, Medical Staff Manager, Credentialing Specialist, Human Resources professionals
Why Should You Attend
Are you aware of the revisions to the National Practitioner Data Bank Guidebook? New and surprising government interpretations of the regulatory scheme have been recently published. Most medical staff policies and bylaws in hospitals today do not reflect these changes. Legal protections for medical staff leaders and hospitals could be lost. Physicians will be surprised by reports generated under the new Guidebook.