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Overview Submitting Reports to the NPDB Reporting Medical Malpractice Payments Reporting Adverse Clinical Privileges Actions Reporting Adverse Professional Society Membership Actions Reporting State Licensure and Certification Actions Reporting Federal Licensure and Certification Actions Reporting Peer Review Organization Negative Actions or Findings Reporting Private Accreditation Organization Negative Actions or Findings Reporting Exclusions from Participation in Federal or State Health Care Programs Reporting Federal or State Health Care-Related Criminal Convictions Reporting Health Care-Related Civil Judgments Reporting Other Adjudicated Actions or Decisions

Q&A: Reporting Medical Malpractice Payments

  1. If there is no medical malpractice payment and Loss Adjustment Expenses (LAEs) are paid in order to release or dismiss a health care practitioner from a medical malpractice lawsuit, should the LAEs be reported?

    No. LAEs refer to expenses other than those in compensation of injuries, such as attorney fees, billable hours, expert witness fees, and deposition and transcript costs. If LAEs are not included in the medical malpractice payment, then they should not be reported to the NPDB. LAEs should be reported only if they are part of the total medical malpractice payment and, when reported, should be explained in the narrative description.

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