A peer review is typically triggered by problems or concerns with patient care or physician misconduct, and is different than the physician credentialing and privileging process that occurs when a doctor is first authorized to practice at the facility. Because a hospital peer review can result in the termination, suspension, or restriction of a physician’s privileges, a doctor threatened with peer review should not take it lightly. Indeed, an adverse determination may have serious, long-term consequences with respect to the physician’s reputation and practice. Once the peer review process begins, it is difficult, if not impossible, to derail it.
If you are a physician subject to peer review, or a facility initiating one, ASG Law can help you develop and implement an appropriate strategy.