Indian Health Service and Tribal health care providers should take advantage of the following resources from IHS and elsewhere.
Processing Federal Malpractice Tort Claims and Reporting to the National Practitioner Data Bank
An article from the October 2005 issue of The IHS Primary Care Provider
See the National Practitioner Data Bank below.
A doctor has the common law duty to get the knowledgeable, or informed, consent of a patient or legal representative before a procedure. Different states have different informed consent standards. Learn more in Section VI of the Risk Management Manual.
Standard of Care
National Guideline Clearinghouse
The National Guideline Clearinghouse is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. The Clearinghouse is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
National Practitioner Data Bank-Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank
The National Practitioner Data Bank contains a practitioner’s licensure, professional society memberships, medical malpractice payment history, and record of clinical privileges.
Credentialing and Privileging
Medical Credentials and Privileges Review Process
This chapter of the Indian Health Manual assists medical staffs and governing bodies of the Indian Health Service, Tribal, and urban health care facilities in carrying out their responsibilities to carefully credential and privilege all medical staff members.
Indian Health Service Application for Medical Staff Appointment and/or Privileges [PDF – 683 KB]
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