The National Practitioner Data Bank (“NPDB”) has published medical malpractice statistics for the United States for the period from 2005 to 2015. During the ten-year period, when the population of the United States was 321,986,783, there were 148,909 medical malpractice payments and 409,088 adverse actions reported to the NPDB.
The U.S. state with the most medical malpractice payments reported to the NPDB during the ten-year period was New York, with 20,538 medical malpractice payments (population: 19,795,791).
The U.S. state with the fewest medical malpractice payments reported to the NPDB during the ten-year period was North Dakota, with 192 medical malpractice payments (population: 756,927).
The U.S. state with the highest population, California (39,144,818), had 15,441 medical malpractice payments reported to the NPDB.
The U.S. state with the lowest population, Wyoming (586,107), had 213 medical malpractice payments reported to the NPDB.
There was a total of 371,125 practitioners in the U.S. during the ten-year period. The U.S. state with the highest number of practitioners was Texas (37,714). Texas, which has imposed on the victims of medical malpractice some of the most onerous medical malpractice reforms in the United States, was also the U.S. state with the most adverse action reports filed with the NPDB during the ten-year period (40,260). The state with the fewest practitioners was Hawaii (757).
The NPDB defines “medical malpractice payments” as a monetary exchange as a result of a settlement or judgment of a written complaint or claim demanding payment based on a physician’s, dentist’s, or other licensed health care practitioner’s provision of or failure to provide health care services, and may include, but is not limited to, the filing of a cause of action, based on the law of tort, brought in any State or Federal Court or other adjudicative body.
The NPDB defines “adverse actions” as actions, other than medical malpractice payments and convictions and judgments, taken against a health care practitioner, entity, provider, or supplier.
The NPDB, whose mission is to improve health care quality, protect the public, and reduce health care fraud and abuse in the U.S., is an electronic information repository created by the U.S. Congress. The NPDB contains information on medical malpractice payments and certain adverse actions related to health care practitioners, entities, providers, and suppliers. Federal law specifies the types of actions reported to the NPDB, who submits the reports, and who queries to obtain copies of the reports. Organizations must be authorized according to federal law to submit reports and/or query the NPDB. Organizations authorized to access these reports use them to make licensing, credentialing, privileging, or employment decisions. Individuals and organizations who are subjects of these reports have access to their own information. The reports are confidential and not available to the public.
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