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. 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.
ASG Law has extensive experience representing both private hospitals as well as physicians in disputes relating to privileges, including medical peer review hearings. If you are the subject of a peer review proceeding, we can assist you in navigating through this difficult, time-consuming, and often arcane process.