Monday, January 25, 2010

Implementation of Section 1921

The Health Resources and Services Administration/Division of Practitioner Data Banks has has announced the implementation of Section 1921.

"Implementation of Section 1921 will expand the information contained in the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) to include adverse licensure actions taken against all licensed healthcare practitioners and any negative actions or findings by State licensing agencies, peer review organizations, and private accreditation rganizations against all health care practitioners and entities.

This final rule increases the amount of information accessible to hospitals and other organizations through the NPDB. Under the final regulation, private sector (non-Federal) hospitals will now have access to adverse licensure actions taken against all licensed healthcare professionals such as nurses, podiatrists, chiropractors, and psychologists—not just physicians and dentists. At this time, only Federal hospitals have access to this information."

NAMSS will post the language of the Section 1921 regulation when it is published in the Federal Register this week.

Information on Section 1921 can be found here:

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