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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request

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In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Comments submitted during the first public review of this ICR will be provided to OMB. OMB will accept further comments from the public during the review and approval period. To request a copy of the clearance requests submitted to OMB for review, email or call the HRSA Reports Clearance Office at (301) 443-1984.

Information Collection Request Title: National Practitioner Data Bank for Adverse Information on Physicians and Other Health Care Practitioners—45 CFR Part 60 Regulations and Forms OMB No. 0915-0126—Revision

Abstract: This is a request for a revision of OMB approval of the information collections contained in regulations found at 45 CFR part 60 governing the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and the forms to be used in registering with, reporting information to, and requesting information from the NPDB. Section 6403 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act) Public Law 111-148 requires the transfer of all data in the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank Start Printed Page 20930(HIPDB) to the NPDB. Data collection will not change; however, the merger will consolidate forms from OMB No. 0915-0239 for HIPDB under OMB No. 0915-0126 for NPDB. Responsibility for NPDB implementation and operation resides in the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Operation of the HIPDB was delegated by the HHS Office of the Inspector General to HRSA. This rule eliminates duplicative data reporting and access requirements between the HIPDB [established through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) under Section 1128(b)(5) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320a-7e)] and the NPDB [established through the Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986 under Title IV (42 U.S.C. 11101 et seq.) and expanded by Section 1921 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396r-2)]. Information previously collected and disclosed through the HIPDB will be collected and disclosed through the NPDB. Section 6403 of the Affordable Care Act consolidates the collection and disclosure of information from both data banks under Title 45 part 60 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). HHS will subsequently remove Title 45 part 61, which implemented the HIPDB.

The intent of NPDB is to improve the quality of health care by encouraging hospitals, state licensing boards, professional societies, and other entities providing health care services, to identify and discipline those who engage in unprofessional behavior; and to restrict the ability of incompetent health care practitioners, providers, or suppliers to move from state to state without disclosure of previous damaging or incompetent performance. It also serves as a fraud and abuse clearinghouse for the reporting and disclosing of certain final adverse actions (excluding settlements in which no findings of liability have been made) taken against health care practitioners, providers, or suppliers by health plans, federal agencies, and state agencies.

The NPDB acts primarily as a flagging system; its principal purpose is to facilitate comprehensive review of practitioners' professional credentials and background. Information is collected from, and disseminated to, eligible entities (entities that are entitled to query and/or report to the NPDB under the three aforementioned statutory authorities) on the following: (1) Medical malpractice payments, (2) licensure actions taken by Boards of Medical Examiners, (3) state licensure and certification actions, (4) federal licensure and certification actions, (5) negative actions or findings taken by peer review organizations or private accreditation entities, (6) adverse actions taken against clinical privileges, (7) federal or state criminal convictions related to the delivery of a health care item or service, (8) civil judgments related to the delivery of a health care item or service, (9) exclusions from participation in federal or state health care programs, and (10) other adjudicated actions or decisions. It is intended that NPDB information should be considered with other relevant information in evaluating credentials of health care practitioners, providers, and suppliers.

The reporting forms and the request for information forms (query forms) are accessed, completed, and submitted to the NPDB electronically through the NPDB Web site at​. All reporting and querying is performed through this secure Web site.

Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the information requested. This includes the time needed to review instructions, to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information, to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information, to search data sources, to complete and review the collection of information, and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for this ICR are summarized in the table below.

The annual estimate of burden is as follows:

Regulation citationForm nameNumber of respondentsResponses per respondentTotal responsesHours per responseTotal burden hours
§ 60.6: Reporting errors, omissions, revisions or whether an action is on appealCorrection, Revision to Action, Correction of Revision to Action, Void, Notice of Appeal38,785138,785.259,696
§ 60.7: Reporting medical malpractice paymentsMedical Malpractice Payment14,193114,193.7510,645
§ 60.8: Reporting licensure actions taken by Boards of Medical Examiners & § 60.9: Reporting licensure and certification actions taken by StatesState Licensure28,700128,700.7521,525
§ 60.10: Reporting Federal licensure and certification actionsDEA/Federal Licensure4991499.75374
§ 60.11: Reporting negative actions or findings taken by peer review organizations or private accreditation entitiesPeer Review Organization10110.758
§ 60.12: Reporting adverse actions taken against clinical privilegesTitle IV Clinical Privileges Actions9621962.75722
Professional Society71171.7553
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§ 60.13: Reporting Federal or State criminal convictions to the delivery of a health care item or serviceCriminal Conviction (Guilty Plea or Trial)1,02311,023.75767
Deferred Conviction or Pre-Trial Diversion1261126.7595
Nolo Contendere (No Contest) Plea63163.7547
§ 60.14: Reporting civil judgments related to the delivery of a health care item or serviceCivil Judgment10110.758
§ 60.15: Reporting exclusions from participation in Federal or State health care programsExclusion/Debarment2,40212,402.751,802
§ 60.16: Reporting other adjudicated actions or decisionsGovernment Administrative2,68212,682.752,012
Health Plan Action5611561.75421
§ 60.18 Requesting Information from the NPDBOne Time Query for an Individual986,5521986,552.0878,924
One Time Query for an Organization18,892118,892.081,511
Self-Query on an Individual154,8241154,824.4265,026
Self-Query on an Organization1,09511,095.42460
Continuous Query387,7671387,767.0831,021
§ 60.21: How to dispute the accuracy of NPDB informationSubject Statement and Dispute3,34713,347.752,510
Request for Secretarial Review831838664
AdministrativeEntity Registration (Initial)35,915135,915135,915
Entity Registration (Renewal & Update)15,461115,461.081,237
Agent Registration (Initial)1001100.2525
Agent Registration (Renewal & Update)1001100.2525
Electronic Transfer of Funds (EFT)Authorization5621562.25141
Authorized Agent Designation1,29011,290.25323
Account Discrepancy20120.255


Submit your comments to the desk officer for HRSA, either by email to or by fax to 202-395-5806. Please direct all correspondence to the “attention of the desk officer for HRSA.”

Deadline: Comments on this ICR should be received within 30 days of this notice.

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Dated: April 1, 2013.

Bahar Niakan,

Director, Division of Policy and Information Coordination.

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[FR Doc. 2013-08071 Filed 4-5-13; 8:45 am]