QUESTION

What is a hospital peer review?

SHORT ANSWER
Medical peer review is the internal process by which a hospital evaluates a physician’s clinical performance to ensure it meets the appropriate standard of care.
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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.