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Problems with Office of Inspector General Exclusion Reports Undermine the Usefulness of the National Practitioner Data Bank

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Public Citizen issued a report finding that Because of problems with the reports provided to the National Practitioner Data Bank by the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, entities using the data bank to conduct background checks may not learn that health care providers have been excluded from Medicare or Medicaid for such things as substandard services and fraud.