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FEDERATION PHYSICIAN DATA CENTER (FPDC)

The Federation Physician Data Center is a central repository for formal actions taken against physicians by state licensing and disciplinary boards, Canadian licensing authorities, the U.S. armed forces, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other national and international regulatory bodies. The Federation Physician Data Center offers two services used in performing credentialing functions or pre-employment background checks: the Board Action Data Search and the Disciplinary Alert Service. The information contained in the FPDC Board Action Data Bank is available to licensing and disciplinary boards, the military, governmental and private agencies and organizations involved in the employment and/or credentialing of physicians.

FPDC History
For nearly a century the Federation has collected and reported actions taken against physicians by its member boards. In the early years, actions were limited and were published in the Federation Bulletin. In response to the increasing rigor and complexity of physician regulation and to increases in the number of physicians and board actions reported, the Federation systematized its board action data files in the 1960s. Today, information is processed and distributed through sophisticated web-based servers to provide the most effective and efficient services possible.

FPDC Services
The Federation Physician Data Center offers two services to assist you in your credentialing efforts. The Board Action Data Bank Search and the Disciplinary Alert Service initiatives are considered primary source equivalent by NCQA, URAC and JCAHO. Click here for the Physician Data Center brochure.

  • Board Action Data Bank Search consists of a query identifying actions reported on specific individuals. The Service provides information pertaining to any actions contained in FSMB's Board Action Data Bank. This service also provides a historical view of disciplinary actions taken by our reporting entities.
  • Disciplinary Alert Service is a continuous monitoring service that alerts the subscriber to recently adjudicated cases. It is a mechanism that regularly screens practitioners against reporting entities on an ongoing basis. This service assists subscribers with meeting accreditation standards for the ongoing monitoring of sanctions.

FPDC Databank Inquiry Request
This site is only for Board Action Databank Inquiry requests by physicians or physician assistants. If you are a physician or physician assistant who needs to have a Board Action Databank Inquiry sent directly to a state medical board for licensure purposes, please complete the request form by typing directly in the required fields. Once you have completed the form, you may save it and email it to boardinquiry@fsmb.org or print the form and fax or mail to the number or address provided on the form. Please complete a separate form for each state medical board requesting a report.

If you are a physician or physician assistant who would like to have a Board Action Databank Inquiry sent to yourself, please complete the request form by typing directly in the required fields. In the field for "Name of Board", please indicate that your request is a self-inquiry. Once you have completed the form, you may save it and e-mail it to boardinquiry@fsmb.org or print the form and fax or mail to number or address provided on the form. Be sure to include the address where you would like the report sent.

Data Collection & Maintenance
The reliability of physician data begins with effective data collection. The FSMB physician data comes from a variety of sources including state medical boards, the Department of Health and Human Services and a growing number of international licensing authorities, including Canada, England, Australia and New Zealand.

The FSMB has established comprehensive quality control procedures to enhance the accuracy and integrity of its information. All data is extracted from multiple data sets and is cross-checked and matched for accuracy with updates being provided on a regular basis. Disciplinary sanctions and other board actions are reported to FSMB by state medical boards and other regulatory entities on a regular basis. These reported actions are verified in writing and accompanied by supporting documentation, such as copies of board orders, findings of fact, conclusions of law, final decrees and stipulations. Each action is reviewed before it is added to the database.

FPDC Access
Organizations and agencies responsible for evaluating physician applications for licensure, employment or specific privileges access this service. Fees for access services, when applicable, are negotiated and stipulated by agreement executed before services begin. Rates may be obtained from the Physician Data Center. Eligible organizations may request more information about accessing the Federation Physician Data Center by completing the on-line New User Request Form.

JCAHO/NCQA Recognition
The FSMB Disciplinary Alert Service and the Board Action History Search have been designated as "primary source" equivalent by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and URAC. More information on these organizations can be found at:

 

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