The National Practitioner Data Bank or NPDB is a database that’s used to record information about medical license suspensions, hospital peer reviews and medical malpractice cases. An NPDB listing can be extremely problematic for healthcare professionals, including physicians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, dentists and others who work in the medical profession.
But there is help. If you’ve been accused of wrong-doing and are facing a negative listing in the National Practitioner Data Bank, our NPDB defense attorneys can offer representation, defense services, and guidance to help you avoid an adverse impact on your career.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, our medical license defense lawyers are committed to helping medical professionals throughout the United States. In addition to representing you in NPDB defense, we can also assist with State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) defense, HIPDB defense and beyond. Our NPDB defense lawyers have successfully resolved many cases, where NPDB reports were voided or modified by the reporting hospital and the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Even the finest and most experienced medical professionals can be the target of an investigation or complaint. Allow our legal team to defend your practice, your reputation, your medical license, and your hospital privileges. The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass will leverage our many years of trial and negotiation experience to develop a strong defense strategy to maximize your chances of seeing a positive case resolution.
If you’re facing problems with the NPDB, defense attorneys with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass are here to assist by providing a confidential, no-cost consultation session. Call (469) 291-0940.
Our NPDB Defense Lawyers Work With Medical Professionals Across The United States
An NPDB listing can have a significant adverse impact on your career — a career that you’ve worked hard to establish over the years. It’s an understandably frightening prospect.
We receive many questions from medical professionals who are facing the potential of a negative listing with the National Practitioner Data Bank. Here is an overview of the most common issues that we address with clients.
What is the National Practitioner Data Bank and How Does it Impact My Career?
The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) is a health care “clearinghouse” or database that is used as a reference when providing a medical professional with credentials, privileges or a license, including a state medical license, hospital privileges, clinical privileges, professional society memberships, HMO affiliation or affiliation with Medicare and Medicaid.
Numerous medical professionals are included in the NPDB, such as physicians, surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, internists, optometrists, psychiatrists, mental health professionals, dentists, and pharmacists.
The U.S. Congress enacted legislation that ultimately resulted in the establishment of the NPDB in an attempt to improve the quality of the nation’s health care system, while minimizing the instances of medical malpractice litigation. The congressmen/women believed that a national database would be effective in serving as a universal reference point for identifying medical professionals who have been “flagged.”
What Types of Incidents are Reported to the NPDB?
The NPDB receives reports concerning incidents concerning a medical professional who has had his or her medical license or hospital privileges reduced, restricted, suspended, revoked, or who has been denied privileges for a period of more than 30 days.
Instances involving founded allegations of medical malpractice may also be documented with the NPDB.
These reportable, adverse, and corrective actions are often the result of a hospital peer review proceedings and other cases that arise from allegations of incompetence or professional misconduct by a practitioner.
How Can an NPDB Defense Lawyer Help?
If a medical professional contacts the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass in the early stages of the process, shortly after the allegations first arise, we can often work to negotiate a settlement or resolution. In cases where the matter goes before the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) or another body, such as a hospital board, your defense lawyer can present evidence with the objective of clearing your good name.
If you seek out our assistance later in the process when an NPDB report appears to be imminent, we can initiate proceedings to post a response or statement to address the matter. It is also possible to file a dispute to contest the factual accuracy of the report or to challenge reports that were not submitted in compliance with the NPDB reporting guidelines.
Our attorneys will guide you through the entire process of disputing the report to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Our legal team has had great success in getting NPDB reports voided or modified by reporting hospitals and by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Our NPDB Defense Attorneys Will Aggressively Defend Your Case
Negative reports with the National Practitioner Data Bank hold the potential to adversely impact your career in some very serious ways. NPDB reports can limit your ability to reach your full potential as a medical professional, resulting in lost HMO affiliations, loss of hospital privileges and even the temporary or permanent loss of your state license.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we understand how hard our clients have worked to achieve everything that they have achieved professionally. Our goal is to help you defend and protect your medical license, your reputation, your career and your future as a medical professional.
Law firm founder Attorney Jeffrey C. Grass has over 20 years of experience. A former U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG), Attorney Grass has received an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. Additionally, he is also a current member of the Health Law Section of the Texas State Bar.
Don’t trust your NPDB defense to just anyone; turn to some of the most well-regarded medical license and NPDB defense lawyers in Texas. Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass today to discuss your case in a confidential, no-cost consultation session. Call (469) 291-0940.