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Public Use Data File

(Last Update: February 2024)

Read the Statement on the Public Use Data File.

The NPDB Public Use Data File contains selected variables from medical malpractice payment and adverse licensure, clinical privileges, professional society membership, and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports (adverse actions) received by the NPDB concerning physicians, dentists, and other licensed health care practitioners. It also includes reports of Medicare and Medicaid exclusion actions taken by the Department of HHS Office of Inspector General.

This file is updated four times a year to include data as of March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31. The updated file is generally available within 2 months of the listed dates. Sign up to receive email notifications when new data is available. The file that is currently available for download contains disclosable reports received from September 1, 1990 through December 31, 2023.

For detailed file description and format information, see the NPDB Public Use Data File Format Specifications (Web | PDF - 635 KB).

Data Use Agreement

Note: This file does not include any information that identifies individual practitioners or reporting entities. The file is designed to provide data for statistical reporting and analysis only.

Federal law (42 U.S.C. § 11137(b)) requires HRSA to present the data in this file in a form that does not permit use of the data alone, or in combination with other available information, to identify any particular health care entity, physician, other health care practitioner, or patient. Therefore, as a condition of obtaining access to the data, users agree to:

  1. Not use the dataset alone or in combination with other data to identify any individual or entity or otherwise link information from this file with information in another dataset in a manner that includes the identity of an individual or entity;
  2. Upon the request of HRSA, return, delete or otherwise permanently dispose of all copies of the data in the dataset that are in their possession;
  3. When reporting, disclosing or posting data from the dataset, not to identify any individual or entity; and,
  4. If reposting the dataset or a subset of the dataset, require that third-party users of the data adhere to the same conditions above.

By using these data, you signify your agreement to comply with the conditions stated above. Continued access to these data is dependent upon compliance with such conditions.

To Download

When downloading the Public Use Data File, your contact information is required. It is used only for statistical purposes and is not distributed to other parties. In addition, you must select a file format - Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII), or Comma-Separated Values (CSV).

To download the file, do the following:

  1. Enter your contact information. Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  2. Select the desired file format.
  3. Click Continue.


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