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National Practitioner Data Bank – 2022 Report

The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) annual report for 2022 summarizes medical malpractice payment amounts. The average amount was $428,090 for physician claims. There were nearly 7,000 payments related to physician malpractice (MDs and DOs). Total payments in 2022 were almost $3 billion. The Data Analysis Tool shows total medical malpractice reports and payments by type of practitioner and by state. Consumers must calculate the average payment themselves. Of almost 800,000 people in the Data Bank, about 260,000 are physicians. Other practitioners include nurses, chiropractors, dentists, pharmacists, podiatrists and others. The Data Bank goes back to 1990. No individuals are named.

An older and more detailed pdf version of the report is available for 2012 only. It was published in 2014. The 2012 report reported that the time lag between incident and payment was typically 4 to 7 years. NPDB Report from 2012 is 78 pages.

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