The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has published the Final Rule to eliminate duplicative data reporting and access requirements between the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB) and the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB).

The Final Rule specifies that, effective May 6, 2013, the HIPDB will merge into the NPDB and the HIPDB will no longer exist. Information that was previously collected and disclosed through the HIPDB will now be collected and disclosed through the NPDB.

Although reporting workflow or requirements will not change, users’ query results may include reports that were previously unavailable to them. Users currently querying the NPDP may receive expanded access after the merger because they will effectively be querying both the NPDB and HIPDB databases. The cost to query the NPDB will remain the same.

Users should note that the HIPDB/NPDB system will be unavailable from 7 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013 to 8 a.m. on Monday, May 6, 2013 in order to complete the merger.

For more information, see the Final Rule HRSA Data Bank Resources Reference Library publication.