National Practitioner Data Bank: Hospital Reporting Obligations, Reporting Immunity, and Physician Strategies

NPDB Guidebook Updates, Statutory Immunity for Reporting and Court Treatment

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will guide healthcare counsel on the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) reporting obligations for hospitals. The panel will address navigating through the gray areas of reporting and examine how the courts have dealt with immunity from liability for reporting, and discuss the physician’s perspective.


The NPDB was created to help improve healthcare quality and protect the public. In Oct. 2018, the NPDB guidebook was updated, clarifying some of the requirements for reporting changes in a practitioner's clinical privileges.

There are many circumstances when it is not clear whether or not to file a report. For example, a practitioner may informally agree not to exercise privileges while there is an ongoing investigation, or a corrective action was taken based on action taken at another hospital; questions may arise as to whether reporting is necessary.

Hospitals, physicians, other practitioners, and their counsel need to understand the NPDB reporting requirements to understand what is required by federal law and regulations.

Listen as our authoritative panel examines how the NPDB works, the reporting requirements, and processes. The panel will also address immunity for reporting, disputing a report and what remedies are available for physicians.



  1. NPDB reporting requirements and processes for hospitals
  2. NPDB Guidance and recent clarifications
  3. How the courts have interpreted and applied statutory immunity for filing a Data Bank Report
  4. How to dispute a report, physician subject statements, and other physician strategies to deal with reporting


The panel will review these and other relevant issues:

  • What are the critical reporting changes that in the 2018 NPDB guidebook?
  • What steps can counsel take to ensure compliance when dealing with a reporting "gray area"?
  • The legal standards governing immunity from liability for filing a report with the NPDB.
  • What steps a physician can take to respond to a Data Bank report.


Eades, Christopher
Christopher C. Eades

Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman

Mr. Eades devotes his practice to medical staff governance, credentialing and peer review. As part of his practice, he...  |  Read More

Rosenberg, Leonard
Leonard M. Rosenberg

Garfunkel Wild

Mr. Rosenberg’s healthcare practice includes over 30 years of experience representing hospitals, physicians,...  |  Read More

Zarett, David
David A. Zarett

Founding Member
Weiss Zarett Brofman Sonnenklar & Levy

For over 30 years, Mr. Zarett has focused his practice on the representation of healthcare provider in state and...  |  Read More

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